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Death toll surpasses 100 as storms batter India, Pakistan and Afghanistan

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
April 17, 2019, 12:40:35 PM EDT


A third day of severe weather brought more death and destruction to areas from northern India to Afghanistan.

The slow-moving storm system, which has triggered damaging thunderstorms, blinding dust storms and flooding downpours, has claimed at least 39 lives in Pakistan, 47 in India and 15 in Afghanistan, according to Anadolu Agency.

That death toll may continue to rise as many people remain missing and severe weather continues to impact the region through Wednesday night.

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Satellite image showing clusters of rain and thunderstorms affecting India, Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 17.


Pakistan

The deadly weather began in Pakistan on Monday as a powerful dust storm battered Karachi and surrounding areas.

Monday's storm resulted in at least five deaths in Karachi, and was followed up by more deadly weather on Tuesday as the death toll across Pakistan climbed to 23 following severe weather in Punjab and Sindh provinces, according to Times of India.

Flooding rainfall across northern Pakistan, including Islamabad, caused a number of fatalities during the three-day severe weather outbreak and brought the total to 39, while 135 others have been injured and more remain missing, according to Pakistan Today.

At least 80 homes have been destroyed due to the flooding in northern Pakistan, and more were damaged or destroyed due to damaging winds and dust storms across the south.

Downpours will continue throughout northern Pakistan into Thursday morning before dry weather returns and a full assessment of the destruction can occur.

Dry weather will prevail from Friday through the weekend before the chance of rainfall increases next week.

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India

Across India, the deadly weather began on Tuesday as nine people were killed following a thunderstorm and dust storm in Gujarat, according to India Today.

Severe weather became more widespread on Wednesday, causing deaths in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Manipur.

At least 47 people have been killed due to the extreme weather across India in recent days, according to the Associated Press.

Fifteen fatalities were reported in Madhya Pradesh and 24 in Rajasthan as of Wednesday.

Temperatures plunged to the lowest levels since the middle of March across the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday as the high temperature in Delhi peaked near 28 C (82 F).

Downpours will diminish Wednesday night before dry weather returns across northern India on Thursday.

Dry weather will continue into early next week across northern India, allowing heat to build over the region.

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Afghan drivers pass through floodwaters as heavy rain falls in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghanistan

Daily downpours have resulted in widespread flooding across northern and central Afghanistan this week.

The National Disaster Management Authority stated on Wednesday that at least 15 people had died due to the recent flooding.

Western Herat province has been hardest hit, and flooding has also inundated streets in Kabul and other locations across northern Afghanistan.

The Afghan army has been mobilized to help people in the hardest-hit locations.

Dry weather will briefly return on Thursday before the risk for showers and thunderstorms returns to northern and western Afghanistan from Friday into Sunday.

Downpours will become more widespread across the country early next week, bringing renewed concerns for flooding.

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