Lightning and rains kill 36 people in Pakistan

Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Published Apr 15, 2024

Tridge summary

Over the past three days, severe weather conditions including lightning and heavy rains have led to the deaths of at least 36 people across Pakistan, predominantly affecting farmers in Punjab province. The southwestern province of Baluchistan declared an emergency after seven fatalities, with eight more deaths in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed relief efforts to the impacted areas, noting the rains could benefit the country's water reservoirs despite the significant human and property losses. Concurrently, Afghanistan has experienced deadly flooding, resulting in 33 deaths and extensive damage. These events are linked by environmental experts to climate change, reminiscent of the devastating floods in Pakistan in 2022.
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ISLAMABAD — Lightning and heavy rains have killed at least 36 people, mostly farmers, across Pakistan in the past three days, officials said Monday, as authorities in the country's southwest declared a state of emergency.Most of the deaths occurred when lightning struck farmers harvesting wheat and rains caused houses to collapse in eastern Punjab province, said Arfan Kathia, a spokesman for the provincial disaster management authority. He said more rains were expected this week.Rains, which also lashed the capital Islamabad, killed seven people in southwestern Baluchistan province over the weekend, and eight others died in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. Authorities in Baluchistan declared a state of emergency.Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said in televised remarks that he had ordered authorities to provide relief aid in regions hit by rains. Pakistan's water reservoirs would improve because of the rains, he said, while expressing concern over the ...
Source: Npr
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