Deadly Monsoon: 50 killed in monsoon-related incidents in Pakistan since June 25

Motorists on Muri Road during heavy rainfall of the pre-monsoon period in Islamabad on July 3, 2023.  - Online
Motorists on Muri Road during heavy rainfall of the pre-monsoon period in Islamabad on July 3, 2023. – Online
  • Eight children are also included in the dead.
  • During this 87 people got injured.
  • Work is being done to move people: PDMA.

Lahore: At least 50 people, including eight children, have died in various rain-related incidents due to torrential monsoon rains in Pakistan. Officials gave this information on Friday.

Every year, between June and September, the monsoon rains bring rain to South Asia, accounting for 70% to 80% of the region’s annual rainfall.

These monsoon rains are a mixed blessing for the region.

On the one hand, they are vital to the livelihood and food security of millions of farmers in a region of nearly two billion people. On the other hand, they bring about landslides and floods.

“Fifty deaths have been reported in various rain-related incidents across Pakistan since the onset of monsoon on June 25,” said an official of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). AFPHe said that 87 people were injured during this period.

Official figures show that most of the deaths occurred in East Punjab and mainly due to electrocution and building collapse.

According to Bilal Ahmad Faizi, spokesman for emergency service Rescue 1122, the bodies of eight children were recovered from a landslide in Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday.

He said rescuers were still searching for other children trapped under the debris.

Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city, received record-breaking rain on Wednesday, turning roads into rivers and leaving about 35% of the city without electricity and water this week, officials said.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted heavy rains across the country in the coming days and warned of possible floods in the catchment areas of major rivers of Punjab.

The province’s disaster management authority said on Friday it was working to relocate people living along waterways.

Scientists have said that climate change is making seasonal rains heavier and more unpredictable.

Last summer, unprecedented monsoon rains inundated a third of Pakistan, damaged two million homes and killed more than 1,700 people.

At least 27 people, including eight children, died in a storm that hit the country’s northwest early last month.

According to officials, Pakistan is the fifth most populous country in the world and is responsible for less than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

However, it is one of the countries most vulnerable to extreme weather caused by global warming.

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