Deadly storm claims dozens of lives in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Lightning and heavy rains have resulted in a tragic loss of life across Pakistan and Afghanistan. At least 50 people have died in Pakistan alone, with more than 80 reported fatalities across both countries.

The northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bore the brunt of the devastation, experiencing torrential rains, flash floods, landslides, and collapsing homes.

In Punjab province, dozens of houses also collapsed, contributing to the death toll. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has declared a state of emergency in the southwest and has mobilized relief efforts to aid affected communities.

In Afghanistan, heavy seasonal rains triggered severe flooding, claiming the lives of 33 people and injuring 27 others. Hundreds of houses were damaged or destroyed, along with vast stretches of agricultural land and over 85 kilometers of roads.

The Taliban’s spokesman for the State Ministry for Natural Disaster Management provided these grim statistics, highlighting the widespread impact of the flooding on communities across Afghanistan.

Despite Pakistan’s minimal contribution to the global climate crisis, the country remains highly vulnerable to its effects, as evidenced by this recent tragedy.

Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has pointed to climate change as a factor exacerbating such disasters, emphasizing the urgent need for global action to mitigate its impact.

This latest catastrophe adds to Pakistan’s history of weather-related disasters, including the devastating floods of 2022, which affected millions of people and submerged large swathes of the country under water.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has urged emergency services to remain vigilant as further severe weather conditions are expected.

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