Senior Pakistani officials say heavy rains and flash floods over the past two weeks have claimed the lives of at least 98 people across Pakistan.
According to government officials, 98 people died in flood-related accidents over the past fortnight, mainly in urban areas of the country. The authorities also say thousands of homes were destroyed and some 100,000 people were affected in different regions. Pakistani-administered Kashmir, central Punjab, southwestern Balochistan and southern Sindh provinces are among worst affected areas hit by heavy rains and flash flooding. Flood warning centers have forecast heavy downpours for Lahore and Rawalpindi and several cities across Punjab Province. Meanwhile, the government has been criticized for failing to take more effective measures in the face of such incidents. The latest floods, triggered by monsoon rains, have destroyed and damaged hundreds of houses and flooded thousands of acres of agricultural land over the past few weeks Medical teams and aid groups have warned of a growing risk of potentially fatal diseases. Pakistan regularly suffers from flooding during the monsoon season, which usually runs through July and August. The country suffered the worst floods in its 66-year history in 2010, when floods killed over 1,700 people.