The death toll from heavy rains that caused flash floods and collapsed houses in Pakistan has risen to 80 over the past four days, a senior disaster management official said.
The deaths reported by Brigadier Kamran Zia spanned the entire country. He said 12 were in the north west’s semi-autonomous tribal region, 10 in neighbouring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and three in the Pakistan-held part of the disputed Kashmir region.
Brig Zia, a member of the National Disaster Management Authority, said 15 people also died in central Punjab province, 18 in south-western Baluchistan, and 22 in southern Sindh.
Afghan relief official Mohammad Daim Kakar said the same storm system hit the eastern part of Afghanistan, collapsing homes and killing at least 75 people.
The flooding has displaced 81,341 people in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, the National Disaster Management Authority said on its website. No figure was given for Baluchistan.
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 floodwaters inundated a fifth of the country, killing more than 1,700 people. More than 20 million people were affected.