Pakistan: Death toll from lightning touches 25

Pakistan: Death toll from lightning touches 25

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Islamabad, Nov 15 : The death toll from lightning strikes in Pakistan's Tharparkar region mounted to 25 on Friday.

The lightning incidents occurred in Mithi, Chhachhi and Ram Singh Sodho village in Tharparkar district, The Express Tribune reported.

On Thursday evening, the district administration declared an emergency across the region, cancelling leaves of all employees.

Expressing deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi prayed for the departed souls.

According to hospital sources, several people with injuries were also shifted to different hospitals, including the district Civil Hospital Mithi.

Health officials confirmed that at least 10 bodies were brought to different hospitals. They said 16 injured were transported to health facilities since Wednesday late evening.

According to the health department, four persons were killed in Sanghar district, three persons, in areas near Chhachhro town and three persons of a family in Ram Singh Sodho village.

A 10-year-old was killed in a village near Kantio while a 16-year-old died in a village near Islamkot. More deaths occurred in Islamkot, Jamoo Kolhi and Mithi.

In separate incidents, a 25 and 28-year-old also died due to lightning and over two dozens were injured with the strikes were transported to hospitals of Mithi, Islamkot and Chhachhro.

A heavy to moderate rainfall continues across the desert, creating panic amongst the people of Tharparkar and adjacent areas. (UNI)