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50 People Died Across Pakistan Due to Heavy Rains, Lightning
50 People Died Across Pakistan Due to Heavy Rains, Lightning

50 People Died Across Pakistan Due to Heavy Rains, Lightning

Islamabad, 16 Apr (ONA) ---- Pakistani authorities have put rescue services on high alert after heavy rains, thunderstorms and lightning wrought havoc across the country.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has asked emergency services to be vigilant as more severe weather moves in.

The death toll from the heavy rains over the past four days has risen to 50, according to officials from provincial wings of the authority on Tuesday.

At least 21 people, including seven children, died when lightning struck in central Punjab province.

Another 21 people were died in the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At least eight perished in the southern province of Balochistan.

The weather has put the harvesting of wheat crops on hold in Punjab. It is feared that the upcoming spell of rains starting from Thursday will not only further delay the harvesting but will also do damage to the crop.

--- Ends/AH