Peshawar: At least 14 people, including women and children, have died when lightning struck three houses in a remote village in northwest Pakistan on Sunday. Officials said, heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning started from Saturday night and continued till early Sunday morning, causing the collapse of three raw houses in Torghar village of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
These hilly districts under the Hazara division are often prone to landslides and rain-related incidents during the monsoon months. Locals and rescue teams recovered the bodies from the debris and rushed two injured persons to Abbottabad Hospital. Officials said women and children were among the 14 people who died.
The Disaster Management Authority, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sent relief materials and rescue teams to the affected village, but the efforts were delayed due to landslides in hilly areas. The National Disaster Management Authority has issued rain warnings for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad, and eastern Balochistan.