At least 45 dead as rainstorm hits KP
As the unrelenting rain continued to pelt certain cities of KPK, mostly Nowshera, Charsadda and Peshawar, the death toll rose to 45 people in different incidents across the city.
Hospitals were filled with the injured, as it continued to rain down during intervals. Poles, signboards and trees were uprooted by fierce winds blowing at the speed of 110km/hr. Numerous buildings also collapsed due to the thundering rain. The provincial capital, Peshawar, bore the brunt of the storm. Electricity and communication system throughout the city faced disruption, as Peshawar motorway also got damaged.
Charsadda, Nowshera and neighboring areas were also affected by the rain and windstorm. Roofs of houses were blown away and buildings were razed to the ground by the deadly rain.
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According to earlier reports, severe storm hammered different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar, Charsadda and Naushera, followed by heavy rains on Sunday.
Roofs were blown off several houses as heavy winds hit parts of the province today, collapsing walls and poles there.
As a consequence, at least 35 people were killed and nearly 150 injured in different incidents yesterday.
However, officials of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) were reported absent and people were said to be carrying out relief activities on their own.
Our correspondent told that so far 17 millimeter rain is recorded in Peshawar and adjacent areas, while heavy winds ran as high as 110 km/hr.
Imran calls CM Khattak
PTI chairman, Imran Khan telephoned Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and inquired about the recent situation in KP.
He expressed immense grief over the loss of lives due to the calamity and advised the CM to ensure best medical facilities to the injured.
Khan also extended his heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families.
Emergency at hospitals
Provincial authorities have imposed an emergency at all hospitals in affected areas. Police, rescue teams and people on their own are busy shifting the injured to hospitals.
Power cut & communication drop
Due to the storm and heavy rains, power cut is being witnessed in numerous areas, while communication systems also failed.
However, concerned authorities are striving to restore power and communication links at the earliest.