Rains kill 36 in North-western Pakistan: officials

 Flood waters rush through a Pakistani market area as vendors and residents scramble to save their possessions on the outskirts of Peshawar on April 3, 2016.
Flood waters rush through a Pakistani market area as vendors and residents scramble to save their possessions on the outskirts of Peshawar on April 3, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN (AFP) - At least 36 people were killed and 27 injured after heavy rain across northwest Pakistan caused the roofs of dozens of homes to collapse, officials said on Sunday (April 3).

The deaths were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during a downpour that began Saturday night, a provincial disaster management agency spokesman said.

The deaths came during rain that started Saturday night.

The number known to have died had now risen to 36, the spokesman said, adding reports were still awaited from a few more remote areas. 

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

Severe weather hits the country every year, with hundreds killed and huge tracts of prime farmland destroyed in recent years.

During the rainy season last summer, torrential downpours and flooding killed 81 people and affected almost 300,000 people across the country.