Flash floods kill 19 in Pakistan

23 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

PESHAWAR: Torrential rains lashed several cities in the country, leaving at least 19 people dead and 18 injured, authorities said on Thursday. Most deaths took place because the roofs of houses could not withstand the torrential rains and landslides. The deaths were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

In two incidents in Khyber tribal district, two Frontier Corps personnel and two minor girls were killed.  

Two other women were injured. Security officials in Bara confirmed the death of the FC men, affiliated with Mehsud Scouts, Muhammad Kamran and Sher Zaman when the roof of their house collapsed in the Ghaibi Neeka area of Tirah valley.

As for the two minor girls, Afsa and Kalsum, they were buried alive when the roof of their house in Bacha Maina locality at Torkham caved in due to excessive rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. Their deaths occurred on Wednesday evening. Two women were also injured in the incident and were later shifted to a local hospital.  

Four people including two brothers were killed and two others in Upper Dir district on Thursday when their houses caved in due to landslides. The first incident took place in Karo Dara, a far flung remote area of Wari tehsil, when a boulder fell down on a house killing two little brothers on the spot and injuring their parents. The injured parents were taken to Wari hospital. In Gandigar, too, a boulder hit a house and a portion of it caved in due to which one person identified as Ibrahim was killed. Similarly, a woman was killed when her house collapsed due to landslide in Ali Gasar area of the Usheri Dara in Upper Dir.