A mini-cyclone hit Peshawar and some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) on Sunday, leaving more than 200 injured and 44 dead.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the cyclone is the third worst in Pakistan’s history and led to severe damage amidst heavy rains in Peshawar, Mardan and Nowshera among other areas.
Most of the damage was due to walls and roofs collapsing, which led to injuries and deaths of mainly women and children victims. Rescue forces were also hindered by the heavy rain as several areas were submerged, preventing free access.
The injured were quickly shifted to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, which soon reached its full capacity. Thereafter, Khyber Teaching Hospital was also engaged as two battalions of Pakistan’s armed forces took charge of rescue and relief.
The storm also led to damage of public and private property, including power lines and billboards, and several areas of Peshawar experienced an electricity blackout.
According to the Met Department, more rains are expected in the next 24 hours, and while the cyclone has dissipated to a large extent, heavy rainfalls will continue.
Such heavy rainfall is common during Pakistan’s Monsoon season which begins in June and every year causes significant damage to human life and property.