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Dozens Killed Due To Torrential Rain In Pakistan


People gather around a coal mine that collapsed following heavy downpour in the Orakzai tribal agency in Kohat on March 13.

People gather around a coal mine that collapsed following heavy downpour in the Orakzai tribal agency in Kohat on March 13.

Dozens of people have been killed due to torrential rain across Pakistan for the past several days.

Pakistani authorities said at least 42 people have been killed in the past five days.

A statement by the National Disaster Management Authority on March 14 said 70 injuries were also reported and 75 houses damaged.

The southwestern province of Balochistan and northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been worst hit.

The majority of deaths and injuries were caused by collapsing houses.

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

On March 13, at least eight miners were killed when a coal mine collapsed due to heavy rain in northwestern Pakistan.

Heavy downpours were expected to continue in northern Pakistan through March 15, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said.

Based on reporting by dpa and AFP
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