More than 60 dead and 125 injured by heavy rains that hit Pakistan

At least 67 people, including 28 children, have been killed and 125 injured by floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains that have hit Pakistan since the monsoon season began.

From June 25 to now, 67 people have died and 125 have been injured due to monsoon rains and subsequent flooding in the country,” the spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Sara Malik, told EFE on Saturday.

The eastern Punjab province witnessed the highest number of casualties, with 43 dead; followed by another 18 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in the northwest; five in southern Balochistan and one in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, the authority said.

Besidespartial or total damage was reported to 77 houses and 15 head of cattle perished due to unprecedented rains hitting Pakistan since late June, Malik said.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (IMD) estimated earlier this week that monsoon rains would persist in the country until today, and warned of possible river flooding.

“Moist currents from the Bay of Bengal are penetrating most of the country”according to the latest IMD bulletin, which added that more rains are forecast for the next few days in the Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan regions, as well as in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, northeast Punjab, northeast Balochistan and the southern province. from Sindh.

This province was precisely the most affected by the worst floods that Pakistan experienced since 2010, between June and October of last year, and that caused the death of more than 1,700 people and more than a million head of cattle.

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Up to eight million people were displaced and the total number of affected population was 33 million, or one seventh of the population of the fifth most populous country in the world.

Pakistan is among the ten most vulnerable countries in the world who are most affected by climate change.

Yet this country is responsible for less than one percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to government officials.

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