Pakistan rains leave 42 dead

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Dozens of homes are also damaged as Pakistan deals with heavy downpours

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Mar. 14, 2016) — The death toll from torrential rain that has lashed Pakistan for the past 5 days has risen to 42, authorities said Monday, March 14, with collapsed roofs blamed for the fatalities.

Apart from the deaths, 70 injuries were reported and 75 houses damaged, said a statement by the National Disaster Management Authority.

The rain began late Thursday across the country, with the southwestern province of Baluchistan and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa worst hit.

Poorly-built homes, particularly in rural areas, are most susceptible to collapse during heavy spring rains.

The death toll from the collapse of a coal mine shaft in northwest Pakistan rose to 7, with 10 injured.

Officials said the rescue at the mine in the far-flung mountainous Orakzai tribal district ended Monday morning after 16 people were saved.

“The rescue operation has ended and we have 7 people dead, 10 injured while 16 others have been rescued from the mine,” Zubair Khan, a top government official in the district, told AFP.

More than 30 miners were trapped after the shaft collapsed amid heavy downpours on Sunday.

  by Agence France-Presse |