Torrential rains kill 25 in Pakistan

Islamabad, April 16, IRNA -- At least 25 people were killed and scores of others injured as heavy rains and dust storm hit many parts of Pakistan, local media reported.

Rains in western, central and northern parts of the country for the past few days have damaged houses while land sliding and flash floods in some areas have already made several roads dangerous for travel.

Thunderstorm in Punjab resulted in collapse of several buildings, leaving at least nine people dead.

Authorities have declared emergency in Balochistan province after torrential rains and flash flooding wreaked havoc in the province and killed at least nine people, including a child.

Heavy rainfall in Quetta, Gwadar, Chagai, Harnai, Duki, Jewani, Jaffarabad, Kohlu, Sibi, Barkhan, Chaman and other districts of Balochistan caused flooding in streams and drains which severed land link in various parts of the province.

In separate incidents related to the dust storm that hit Karachi four people including two young girls died, an equal number of fishermen went missing and dozens of others suffered injuries.

Gusty winds also uprooted several trees, poles and signboards, broke windowpanes of some high-rise buildings and damaged the walls of schools and homes in Karachi.

In north western Chitral valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a woman and two men died when the roof of a house collapsed and fell on them.

According to Meteorological Office, widespread thundershower accompanied by strong gusty winds is expected in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Punjab, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir with isolated hailstorm.

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