Lightning and landslide destroy houses
Rain, lightning and landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province killed at least 19 people including 14 of a family on Sunday. Heavy rains that began on Wednesday have also caused rivers to flood.
At least 14 people were killed and another three injured when lightning struck two houses in Torghar district early morning.
“At least 14 people from the same extended family were killed after lightning struck two adjoined houses,” Kamran Bangash, the provincial spokesman, told AFP.
The dead included five children and four women, he added.
Earlier local officials told SAMAA that river floods had damaged four houses in Jhatka village of Torghar, killing 12 people and injuring two others.
Rescuers were able to recover 12 bodies by noon. Two other bodies were recovered later.
An operation to rescue people stuck under the debris continued well into the night. The rescue teams faced difficulties reaching the area because of its harsh terrain.
In another incident, a landslide destroyed a house in Abbottabad’s Kakul, killing five people — a young girl and her parents among them. Two other people were injured.
A two-year-old girl was resecured.
Monsoon rains have wreaked havoc in multiple parts of the country since September 9. The National Disaster Management Authority has issued a rain alert across Pakistan and has instructed authorities to take all precautionary measures in case of an emergency.
The Met Office has predicted more isolated heavy showers in Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and eastern Balochistan.