Pakistan rain havoc toll rises to 49
March 14 2016 10:05 PM
A Pakistani nurse treats a victim injured when a coal mine collapsed at a hospital in Peshawar on March 13. At least five labourers were killed when a coal mine collapsed in northwest Pakistan. More than 30 miners were trapped in the far-flung mountainous Orakzai tribal district after a shaft collapsed amid heavy downpours on March 12.


At least 49 people were killed and 80 injured over the last four days in accidents caused by a spell of torrential rains in Pakistan, the authorities said yesterday.
The country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said the country’s Balochistan province was the worst hit where 18 people were killed, 22 injured and 49 houses collapsed in incidents caused by rains, Xinhua reported.
The northwest tribal area of the country also received heavy rains which caused several roof collapse accidents.
The NDMA said that 15 people were killed, 25 others injured and three houses collapsed due to heavy rains in the area.
The authority said seven labourers were killed and 10 injured when a coal mine caved in due to landslide caused by heavy rains in Orakzai area of the tribal belt.
The country’s east Punjab province was also affected by the rains where 10 people were killed, 18 injured and four houses collapsed.
In the country’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, six people were killed, 15 injured and 19 houses destroyed due to torrential rains.
The director general of Pakistan Met office said the current weather condition will persist till Monday and a new spell of rain is expected to hit the country from tomorrow.
He said that normally the country does not witness such a severe rain pattern in spring season, but due to El Nino climate cycles, the temperatures of the Pacific Ocean is warmer than normal.

Ajai Dev

Tuesday، 05 April 2016 02:59 PM

Distressed at the woes of the persons living there. People seems to living in makeshift accommodation in the path of the flowing rainwater (as seen in this picture). Their government should offer them better places for living accommodation. It is surprising that people now prefer & value wild-life over their fellow brothers, who are at the mercy of the nature. So sad. In future, government agencies should not allow human habitations in disaster-prone sites. It is just obvious that people should not be living in areas prone to landslides, flash-floods, dangerous hilly areas and around river-beds.
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