310 killed, 300 injured as rains wreak havoc in Pakistan

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Eight more people lost their lives in rain-related accidents in several areas of Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan province…reports Asian Lite News

Nearly 310 people have been killed and 295 others injured in separate rain-related incidents in Pakistan since June 14 as heavy downpours continued to lash the country, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said.

Eight more people lost their lives in rain-related accidents in several areas of Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan province.

A total of 175 women and children are among the deceased, the NDMA said in a situation report released on Sunday, adding that the rains have partially or fully damaged nearly 8,979 houses along with 48 bridges and several shops across the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

Most of the damages and casualties were reported from the country’s southwestern Balochistan province, where 100 people died and 57 others sustained injuries due to monsoon rains that triggered flash floods, followed by the southern Sindh province, which has reported 70 deaths and 27 injured people, according to the NDMA.

Almost 64 people were killed in the east Punjab province, 62 in the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and 14 people in other parts of the country, said the NDMA.

In Sindh’s Khairpur district, the tragedy befell a family as the roof collapsed during heavy rain, leaving a man and his two minor sons dead while his wife and two daughters suffered critical injuries, Dawn reported.

 In Karachi, five people died as several areas of the city remained inundated in sewage-laced rainwater for a third consecutive day.

Moreover, heavy rains caused flooding in Mirpurkhas, Larkana, Dadu, Qambar-Shahdadkot and other adjoining towns.

The NDMA added that rescue and relief activities are underway. The agency has been providing food packs, tents, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, hygiene kits, blankets and tarpaulins to victims of rains and floods across the country.

The recent spell of rains during the last 48 hours has caused urban flooding in some big cities of Pakistan.

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