Heavy monsoon rain kills 77 people in Pakistan in three weeks


Quetta, Pakistan — At least 77 people, including women and children, have died in rain-related incidents across Pakistan in the last three weeks, officials said Wednesday.

Monsoon rains have also damaged homes, roads, bridges and power plants across the country since June 14. Pakistan’s Minister of Climate Change Sherry Rehman said at a press conference in the capital Islamabad.

According to Lehman, 39 out of 77 people have died in rain-related incidents in Baluchistan since last month.

“This is a national disaster,” Lehmann said of rain-related casualties.

Television footage showed that some vehicles were being washed away by the Balochistan Flood.

Heavy rains also struck Islamabad and eastern Punjab.

In a statement, Pakistani President Arif Alvi expressed his sorrow and sorrow for the loss of life in Balochistan and elsewhere in the country.

According to the state’s disaster management agency, streets and houses were flooded in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

Balochistan disaster management spokesman Naseer Nasar told The Associated Press that at least 50 people were injured in rain-related incidents in the state since June. He said rescuers are transporting people to safer locations away from Balochistan’s flood and rain-stricken areas.

Every year, many cities in Pakistan suffer from the annual monsoon flood, which has been criticized for inadequate government planning. The season lasts from July to September, and experts say rain is essential for irrigating Pakistani crops and replenishing dams and other reservoirs.

Some areas of southern Pakistan have been facing drought since the beginning of this year.

Associated Press