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Khyber Pashtunkhwa, Pakistan. Downpours and storms. Nearly 30 dead, including children

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At least 27 Pakistani people died due to storms with heavy rainfall and gusty winds. Several children are among the dead. The weather is still expected to be dynamic there as Cyclone Biparjoy is heading towards the country.

Torrential rains followed by strong winds have killed at least 27 people, including eight children, in northwestern Pakistan, Pakistan authorities said on Sunday.

“Buried Alive”

Storms hit four districts of Khyber Pashtunkhwa province on Saturday night. Among the dead are five siblings aged between two and 11.

“At least 12 people were buried alive after the roofs and walls of their houses collapsed,” Taimur Ali Khan, a spokesman for the provincial emergency management body, told AFP. He added that more than 140 people were injured and 200 livestock were killed.

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Authorities declared a state of emergency in all four districts and announced the evacuation of around 9,000 families from the Sindh coast, including Karachi, which is home to around 20 million people. From Monday, the army will be sent to help the flood victims.

27 dead, over 140 injured after storms in PakistanPAP/EPA/NOMAN KHAN

A cyclone is coming

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed regret on Saturday for the casualties and the extremely high loss toll. It was recommended to reach the victims with humanitarian aid as soon as possible.

The prognosis for the next few hours is not good. Cyclone Biparjoy is expected to make landfall in the country. The phenomenon is already bringing winds of over 150 kilometers per hour with it. Sharif urged residents to take extra care in the face of this “serious and intense” cyclone.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/NOMAN KHAN

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