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The death toll from three days of heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan which caused flash flooding has risen to at least 58, officials said on Sunday.
In particular, Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan were badly hit by the recent spell of rain, flash floods and roaring winds washed away many roads and bridges, downed trees and utility poles and destroyed standing crops.
Hundreds of villages were flooded forcing the government to call in the army for relief operations.
According to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, a state-run coordinating body, as many as eight people have died in rain-related indents in Balochistan, 19 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eight in Punjab, 12 in Sindh, 10 in Gilgit-Baltistan and one in Azad Kashmir.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority-Sindh said it has dispatched six motorboats and more than 5,000 rescue and relief items for victims in Dadu district including tents, mosquito nets.
About 300 villages in 15 districts have been inundated in Balochistan, reporters told Liaquat Shahwani, a provincial government spokesman.
A spokesman for the Pakistan Army said a relief and rescue operation was underway. “Pakistan Army and navy rescue teams, including medical and technical units, support the civil administration in rescuing the stranded people to safer areas,” he added.
The rains have triggered landslides in parts of northern Pakistan, blocking Karakorum Highway which links Pakistan with China.
Meteorologists predicted mild to moderate rains over the next 24 hours. The authorities have also advised the citizens to avoid unnecessary travels.
This year, many of Pakistan ‘s cities fail to deal with the annual monsoon deluge. The season runs July-September.