Torrential rains and wind storm in Peshawar, Pakistan has killed at least 35 people till now. According to an AL Jazeera report, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s information minister, Mushtaq Ghani has said that 200 people have been injured because of the weather calamity. The death toll figures also vary from over 2o to around 35. A state of emergency has been declared in the region.
Some of the injured were rushed to the three largest hospitals in the area. A few are said to be in critical condition. Rescue efforts were hindered by flooded roads where water was three feet deep in some parts of the city. When ambulances and rescue vehicles were unable to enter an area, residents carried the injured on their backs to cars. Local officials say that the numbers may rise as more rain is expected overnight. The Pakistani army has sent in troops to manage the rescue and relief operations.
The rainstorm, coupled with hail hit the northwestern region, in and around Peshawar, on Sunday and caused widespread damage. Trees were uprooted, ceilings of houses caved in, buildings collapsed, roads were submerged and mobile phone towers fell, disrupting telecommunication in many parts of the city. Electricity poles were pulled out and wires snapped, causing a power outage. The neighboring wheat, vegetable and orchard farms were also badly damaged. Flights to Peshawar airport have been suspended.
By Anugya Chitransh
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