At least 27 people have been confirmed dead and several others injured after lightning struck amid heavy rains overnight at various locations in Pakistan’s southern desert region, local media reported Friday morning.
Saeed Ghani, the provincial government spokesman said local authorities declared an emergency and rushed rescuers to the Thar Desert in the province of Sindh after the overnight tragedy.
He added that several dozen people including women and children were being treated at the hospitals.
They sustained injuries caused by lightning and falling structures due to the rain.
A spokesman for the Edhi charity, Anwar Kazmi told newsmen that the death toll is expected to rise as rescuers reached remote villages.
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Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that hundreds of animals were also killed by the lightning and subsequent fire that followed as a result of the lightning
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had said in a statement on Thursday evening that a westerly wave is affecting lower parts of the country which can continue till Saturday.
Flash floods, land erosion, cloudbursts, droughts and smog resulting in low air quality have been on the rise in Pakistan in recent years.