LAHORE – Torrential rains and thunder storms killed almost 29 people, including women and children, and wounded 145 others in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
The KP Disaster Management Authority said that at least 69 homes were damaged in numerous districts of the province owing to excessive rainfall and thunderstorms.
Rain fell throughout the nation on Saturday, with city administrations on high alert to cope with any emergency scenario.
The biggest devastation was caused by rains and storms in the Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where five people, including three children, perished as a result of the collapse of home walls and roofs, with dozens more wounded.
Meanwhile, two children and one mother died in Lakki Marwat due to heavy rain, while three children perished in Karak, with their remains found from rubble.
In Dera Ghazi Khan, a thunderstorm harmed one person and injured 15 others who were being transported to the district headquarters hospital, and an emergency was declared in all nearby hospitals.
According to Rescue 1122 DG, relief activities are ongoing in the affected regions, and wounded people are being transported to hospitals.
Meanwhile, KP interim information minister Barrister Feroze Jamal Shah confirmed the fatalities and said that hospitals in the affected districts had been placed on high alert.
Separately, torrential rains and high winds pounded numerous districts of Punjab, including Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, and others.
The tragic occurrence happened in Punjab’s Khushab area, when three girls were killed when a wall collapsed.
Rain-related occurrences in Gujranwala district harmed at least ten persons.
Rain-related fatalities are mourned by Prime Minister Shehbaz and President Alvi.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif offered his condolences for the loss of life and property caused by severe rains throughout the nation, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.
After comprehending the magnitude of the situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s afflicted districts, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani called Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Rains wrecked devastation in the KPK districts of Bannu and Lakki Marwat, according to Zahid Akram Durrani.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has asked the Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and NDMA officials to take immediate action to alleviate the destruction caused by severe rains. PM requested a report on relief actions and the amount of damage within the next 24 hours.
Zahid Akram Durrani also asked for financial aid from the Prime Minister’s gift for martyred and wounded people.
In a statement, the President expressed his deep sorrow over the deaths and destruction caused by the rainstorms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He expressed his condolences to the deceased families and sympathised with the victims. He prayed for the dead to be elevated in heaven’s ranks and for the wounded to heal quickly.
He expressed his hope that the authorities involved would provide immediate help in the impacted communities.
Cyclone hazard in Sindh
In addition, the prime minister instructed that previous emergency preparations be implemented in the aftermath of storm Biparjoy, which was headed towards Karachi, and urged the NDMA to make prior plans in coordination with the Sindh government and provincial agencies.
He also instructed that full help be provided to residents in Balochistan affected by floods and storms. He said that he was personally watching relief efforts in the nation and that the government and institutions should take all necessary measures to give prompt help to the people.