25 Killed in Severe Weather in Pakistan – 161 Mm of Rain in Islamabad

A total of 25 deaths have been reported in Pakistan over the last 7 days as a result of recent severe weather.

At least 15 of the deaths came after houses and buildings collapsed after torrential rainfall. At least 8 people were killed in Wah Cantonment in the province of Punjab after houses collapsed there. In similar circumstances, 7 people died in Mohmand Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the semi-autonomous tribal region in northwestern Pakistan, according to ECHO. Local media report that other deaths occurred in landslides and road accidents.

The country has experienced heavy rainfall since 25 February, when 5 people died in north west Pakistan.

Yesterday Islamabad saw 161 mm of rain fall in a 24 hour period. The town of Dir in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province saw 66 mm of rain, according to WMO figures.

Rain levels in Pakistan. Image: Pakistan Met
Rain levels in Pakistan. Image: Pakistan National Meteorological Service

The heavy rainfall has caused flooding, disrupted transport and caused power and communication outages.

Further heavy rain and snowfall is has been forecast by Pakistan’s National Meteorological Service. For the next 24 hours at least. The severe weather is likely to affect Islamabad, FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhua and Punjab provinces.

Northern India

Parts of northern India are also seeing high levels of rain and snow, in particular Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh which has caused landslides and avalanches killing at least 6 people.