Pakistan: Heavy Rains Have Killed 820 People since June
Islamabad – At least 820 people have died and 1,315 others have been injured in accidents caused by heavy rains since June 14, when the monsoon season began in Pakistan, the country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said.
The victims include 304 children and 178 women who lived in areas where heavy monsoon rains have taken their toll, the authority said. The southwestern province of Balochistan remains the worst affected area during the current monsoon, having recorded 225 deaths and 95 injuries, the same source said.
Some 504,321 head of livestock died in the rains, while 2,886.9 km of roads, 50 stores and 129 bridges were washed away by flash floods across the country. Rescue and relief operations are currently underway in the flood-affected areas.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, torrential rains are expected to continue over the next few days.