ISLAMABAD, 21 July (DPA/EP) –
The National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan confirmed this Friday the death of a hundred people, half of them registered in the province of Punjab, located in the center of the country, due to floods that have flooded large areas of the region after heavy monsoon rains.
Half of the victims have been women and children. At least 180 people have been injured, while more than 150 homes have been damaged by heavy rainfall.
The deadliest incident occurred this week in the capital, Islamabad, where thirteen workers were killed when the wall of a highway underpass collapsed on their camp.
Authorities have warned that bad weather will continue to plague the country. More rain was expected this weekend, with occasional heavy showers, according to chief meteorologist Sardar Sarfraz.
Last year, more than 2,000 people died in Pakistan from such weather events. The victims of the rains were added to those who later fell ill due to the unsanitary situation left behind by a flood that flooded a third of the country, some 33 million inhabitants.