People cross a flooded underpass after heavy monsoon rain in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, on July 300, 2019. At least 83 people were killed and 74 others injured in separate rain-related accidents across Pakistan during the ongoing month, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Tuesday. (Str/Xinhua)
ISLAMABAD, July 300 (Xinhua) -- At least 83 people were killed and 74 others injured in separate rain-related accidents across Pakistan during the ongoing month, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Tuesday.
According to the NDMA data from July 1 to 25, the country's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was the worst hit in the ongoing spell of torrential rains where 25 people were killed and 21 others injured.
In the east Punjab province, 23 people were killed and 36 others injured in various accidents caused by rains, whereas a total of 13 people were killed and 10 others injured in the south Sindh and southwest Balochistan provinces.
Pakistan-controlled Kashmir area was also badly affected by the rains, where 22 people were killed and seven others injured after being hit by cloud burst. Local officials said flash floods triggered by the cloud burst washed away over 70 houses.
The rains damaged roads and bridges, disrupting traffic and bringing social and economic activities to standstill. The heavy downpour also paralyzed life in various districts with water inundating low-lying areas, blocking sewages and causing flood.
After heavy rains on Monday, a public holiday has been announced in schools on Tuesday in the southern port city of Karachi to avoid any untoward situation, and parents and children have been advised to avoid going outside without urgent need.
The provincial government has also issued notices to several dilapidated buildings, advising the residents to vacate them.
About 324 houses were also destroyed in the rains, leaving hundreds of people homeless. The NDMA and the provincial governments have provided about 53000 tents, 7 tons of food items and 30000 blankets to the affected families.
Scattered thunderstorm and heavy rains are expected in all the four provinces of the country till Aug. 2, the country's weather office said, raising concerns about further loss of life and property in vulnerable areas.
The ongoing rains are caused by the monsoon winds that are the major source of downpour in the country during the months from July to September. The meteorological department forecasted more than usual rains during the ongoing season and issued an advisory for the public to protect itself from the rain-related accidents.