Deadly Storm and Flash Floods Hit Peshawar, Pakistan

A severe storm has struck the Pakistan city of Peshawar and other areas of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the north-west of the country, resulting in at least 38 deaths.

Areas were bombarded with heavy rainfall and strong winds, leading to flash floods and damage to property. Mushtaq Ali Shah, director of the provincial meteorological department, described the storm as a “mini cyclone”.

At least 38 people have been killed and over 200 injured, according to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster management Agency. Recent reports from Reuters and AFP say that the death toll stands at 44.

The deaths were caused mostly due to collapse of houses and other buildings. Local authorities say that six of the deaths occurred in Charsadda district, four in Nowshera district, and the remainder in the provincial capital, Peshawar. Flood water was said to be at least 1 metre deep in some areas of the city. WMO figures say that 69mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 26 and 27 April 2015.

The severe weather has caused power outages and disrupted transport, including at Peshawar airport, where flights were suspended.

Officials from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial disaster management authority said that efforts were underway to provide food, shelter and emergency medical services to those affected.

Previous Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Twelve people died in the province during the severe floods of September 2014, which affected Indian Jammu and Kashmir, and the Pakistan provinces of Azad Kashmir, Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan, and later Sindh province.

Around 18 people died in floods in Peshawar and other areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in August 2014.

In February this year, around 5 people died in flash floods in Peshawar after torrential rains and flash floods hit northern and northwestern Pakistan causing landslides and washing away several shops and bridges.

File photo - Photo Credit: Jonathan Gropp
File photo – Photo Credit: Jonathan Gropp