Death toll from KP rainstorm rises to 45

PESHAWAR: At least 45 people have been killed and over 200 injured as a severe storm lashed different parts of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Intense rain and strong winds buffeted the city of Peshawar and adjacent districts late Sunday and Monday morning, felling trees, causing dozens of roofs and walls to collapse and blocking many roads.

The injured include nearly 100 children, according to officials, while farmers have seen their produce badly affected.

“The storm followed by heavy rain and hailstorm has severely damaged wheat crops and orchards,” Provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani told news agency AFP.

Ghani said that authorities were estimating the losses and expressed fear that hundreds of cattle have been killed.