With additional rain predicted, Pakistan’s four days of rain had resulted in 63 deaths

Officials said on Wednesday that at least 63 people have died as a result of the four days of harsh weather in Pakistan due to lightning and heavy rainfall.

The northwest Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was where the most of the casualties were recorded. 32 people have died as a result of collapsing structures, including 15 children and 5 women, according to Khursheed Anwar, a representative for the Disaster Management Authority. In the northwest, where 1,370 homes were destroyed, dozens more people were hurt, according to Anwar.

Twenty-one fatalities have been linked to lightning and collapse in the eastern province of Punjab; ten deaths have been linked to flash floods in Baluchistan, in the southwest of the nation, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency. Baluchistan was anticipating additional rain on Wednesday in the midst of continuing relief and rescue efforts.

Climate change is causing Pakistan to see greater rains in April, according to top Pakistan Meteorological Department official Zaheer Ahmed Babar.

Babar told The Associated Press, “There has been rainfall in Baluchistan so far that is 2666% above normal.” “Overall, Pakistan has seen 61% above-average rainfall this month, which indicates that climate change has already occurred in our nation.” 1,739 people were killed in 2022 when torrential downpours swollen rivers and at one point submerged a third of Pakistan. Pakistan is currently working to reconstruct the USD 30 billion in losses that the floods have inflicted.

This month, there have also been significant rains in neighboring Afghanistan. There have been 33 rain-related deaths there so far.AP

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