Sindh reports record 355mm rainfall as death toll reaches 159

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Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman claimed that Sindh received 355mm rain during the past 24 hours shattering the August 31, 2011 rain record of 238mm rain as death toll from rain-related incidents reach 159.

The minister claimed that some parts of the province also saw three-day nonstop rain.In a tweet shared late into Friday, Rehman tagged Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) as the source of the information.Khairpur was submerged in water as unrelenting rains lashed the metropolis for three days in continuity.Around five feet of water has accumulated on the highways connecting the district with other nearby areas.

In a bid to prevent untoward incidents, the administration has tied ropes to cordon off the area.In Goth Khadim Katohar, a hilly area of Shadi Shaheed, the roof of a house collapsed due to incessant rain claiming the lives of five people and injuring three.Roof collapse incidents have taken 17 lives in district Khairpur during the last three days.

On the other hand, Nizamani dyke collapse deluged dozens of villages in Nara. As per initial reports, more than 30 villages were submerged following the incident.In Khairpur, three women caring for sick children were injured when part of a wall fell on them in City Children Hospital. They were shifted to Civil Hospital for treatment.

In Khairpur Kunab, four persons were swept away by the flood.The bodies of two victims were recovered while the search operation is ongoing to recover the bodies of the other two victims. In the wake of the emergency, the deputy commissioner of the district also announced the closure of private and government educational institutions.It is worth noting that floodwaters released from Taunsa Barrage are also gushing towards Sindh after which the irrigation department has also issued a flood warning.The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has said that a total of 692 people lost their lives in the monsoon-related incidents from June 15 to August 19.The highest number of casualties was reported in Balochistan, followed by 159 in Sindh and 144 in Punjab. The authority also reported 138 deaths in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

As many as 129 bridges were damaged, 89,000 houses were leveled and around 2,866 km of roads were also destroyed due to floods and thundershowers during the same time period.NDMA also reported that around 500,000 livestock was swept away in the floods.

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