Islamabad, 12 September 2021 (dpa/MIA) – At least 14 people died as heavy rain wreaked havoc in Pakistan’s north-western province, officials said on Sunday.
The majority of the deaths occurred when lightning struck three mud houses in a remote district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Taimur Ali, a spokesperson for the provincial disaster management authority. Children were among the dead.
“We are still gathering data and it is feared that the number of deaths may increase,” he said.
In Abbottabad district, the roof of a house collapsed, burying seven members of a family. Rescuers have recovered three bodies and two injured while the operation was still under way.
Several roads in the mountainous region of the country have been blocked due to land sliding caused by the heavy rain.
Flash floods, land erosion, cloudbursts, droughts and smog resulting in low air quality have been on the rise in Pakistan in recent years. Climate experts say it is the impact of global warming due to the country’s proximity with highly industrialized China and India.