PESHAWAR: At least 44 people were killed and more than 200 wounded when a mini-cyclone, described by Met Office as the third worst in the country’s history, struck Peshawar and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday.
Most of the victims were women and children as torrential rains lashed Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera and other areas of the province causing roofs to cave in and walls to collapse.
Rescuers rushed victims to hospitals as roads submerged in water hindered their operations. Ambulances and rescue vehicles found it difficult to enter into some areas due to fallen trees and electric poles. Residents carried some of the injured on their backs to cars heading to hospitals.
An emergency has been declared at all local hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Most of the victims were shifted to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital. As the number of casualties kept increasing LRH could not cope with the influx of injured and, therefore, fresh arrivals were taken to the Khyber Teaching Hospital.
While extending his condolences on the loss of life and property due to the torrential rains, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif approved a package of Rs500,000 for the family of each deceased person and Rs50,000 for each person injured.