Heavy rains accompanied by windstorm wreaked havoc in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday, leaving 18 people dead. Approximately, 42 mm of precipitation was recorded in the city. The rainfall lasted for only one hour and 30 minutes – from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, but has been the cause of significant damage.
More than 80 people sustained injuries in separate incidents caused by collapsing of roofs and walls of houses in various areas of the city.
Rescue activities are underway, while those injured were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital. The rescue sources said that many wounded people remain in critical condition.
This heavy downpour uprooted trees and electricity polls additionally causing disruption in the power supply to many areas of the city for several hours.
Following the rain-related deaths and injuries, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif ordered monetary compensation for the human casualties caused by the deadly downpour in and around Peshawar.
He had also directed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PMDA) to immediately begin relief efforts.
CWS-P/A is currently monitoring the situation. CWS-P/A’s emergency response team is on standby and shall begin relief activities if the need arises to do so.