Massive floods in Pakistan claim 50 lives, hundreds injured and crop damage

April 18, 2019 1:54 PM |

Pakistan FloodsHeavy rains have triggered massive floods in Pakistan, which has claimed at least 50 lives and leaving over 150 injured. Incessant weather had also damaged several houses and crops. Hundreds of villagers were being evacuated and moved to shelter houses. As per the state authorities, major cause of the deaths was gushing waters flowing down into valleys from mountains and squally winds. According to weathermen, reason behind the floods can be attributed to the passage of the an active Western Disturbance across Pakistan and its induced cyclonic circulation over the central parts of the country. The worse hit areas were the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan in the southwest were the worse hit, with large swathes of land submerged in the water.

Rescue operations are underway but inclement weather conditions have been hampering the work. More rescue team and army have been on alert as weathermen are predicting more rains. The central province of Punjab, also known as the food basket of Pakistan, has suffered a major setback as wheat crop on hundreds of hectares of land stands destroyed. Occurrence of floods during this time of the year is rare sight. The region is more prone to the floods usually during Southwest Monsoon season, that reaches the country in July and lasts until the end of August. Floods and weather-related incidents kill hundreds of people every year in Pakistan. Image Credit: irna.ir Any information taken from here should be credited to skymetweather.com

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