46 killed, 200 injured as mini-cyclone hits Peshawar
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 46 people were killed and more than 200 sustained injuries late Sunday when torrential rains and hailstorms lashed three major cities in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local officials said.
What weather officials described as “mini-cyclone,” the natural disaster struck Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera and other areas of the province.
The Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) Commissioner, Munir Azam, told journalists in Peshawar the storm was as strong as it uprooted trees, blew away billboards, damaged power supply transmission lines and caused roofs to collapse
Most of the victims had been shifted to the Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar, where officials said a majority of the injured were women and children.
While the provincial meteorology (Met) office has forecasted more rains in the next 24 hours.
An Afghan refugee in Peshawar, Azizullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News it was the record-breaking rainstorm in Peshawar in its history.
He said some Afghan refugee families were affected by the storm, but he had no information about any human losses.
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