14 killed as lightning strikes homes in Torghar district

Torrential rains damage several homes; rescue efforts underway; CM directs immediate steps for relief

Statesman Report

PESHAWAR: At least 14 people lost their lives as rains and lightning struck Torghar district of Hazara division on Sunday.

Several homes were demolished following torrential rains in the district. Police said their personnel and locals were busy in rescue efforts, saying three children have been taken out alive from under the rubble of the destroyed homes. Several roads have been washed away due to the flooding caused by the rain, hampering relief efforts.

Meanwhile, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed the rescue departments and officials of the district administration to reach the affected site at their earliest and begin relief efforts.

Khan expressed sympathy with the affected families and condoled the deaths of their loves ones. He told the families that the provincial government shared their grief.

The affectees, he added, won’t be left alone and will be helped in every possible way.

In late July, intermittent rains and flash floods in hilly areas claimed six lives in KP while seven persons were injured in different rain-related incidents, according to Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

Two children of a family died in their sleep, while three other children and the house-owner and his wife sustained multiple injuries after the roof of their house collapsed in Kamal Khel village of district Kohat due to heavy downpour in the city.