At least 150 people have died as a result of massive monsoonal flooding in Pakistan.

Pakistani officials say the monsoon rains have killed at least 150 people as the downpours continue to hit Pakistan, causing flash floods in parts of the country.

The National Disaster Management Authority said 91 women and children were among the dead so far.

A man pours water from a flooded house

Heavy rains hit several parts of the country, but Balochistan was the hardest hit. Source: EPA / SHAHZAYB AKBER/EPA

The monsoon rains also damaged homes, roads, five bridges and power plants across the country.

At least 163 people have also been injured in heavy rains since June 14.
The situation was especially dire in the major southern port city of Karachi, the largest in the country, where entire neighborhoods remained flooded on Monday.
In places, passengers found themselves stranded or trying to wade through knee-deep water on foot or on bicycles.

“At the moment, the situation is such that we need to travel by boat and not by vehicles, as the roads are flooded,” said one of the residents, Abdul Rahim.

People walk through the flooded area.

People walk through a flooded area after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi, Pakistan on July 11, 2022. Source: EPA / SHAHZAYB AKBER/EPA

Other Karachi residents said they were forced to abandon their cars on flooded roads and walk waist-deep in water.

Authorities called in paramilitaries and the navy to help drain flooded streets and evacuate people.
The rains are said to be almost twice as heavy as the average downpour at this time of the year.
The law went into effect in mid-June, initially causing chaos in the southwestern province of Balochistan, where 65 people have died so far.

The Disaster Management Agency said at least 26 people have died in Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital.

People walk through the flooded area.

People walk through a flooded area after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi, Pakistan on July 11, 2022. Source: EPA / SHAHZAYB AKBER/EPA

Heavy rain also hit Islamabad and the eastern province of Punjab, killing at least 23 people since last month.

Authorities are delivering tents, food and other essentials to hundreds of rain-affected people in the north and southwest.

Experts say climate change is causing more heavy rainfall in Pakistan.

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Every year, many cities in Pakistan struggle with the annual monsoonal flooding, drawing criticism for poor government planning.
The season runs from July to September and experts say the rains are needed to irrigate crops and replenish dams and other reservoirs in Pakistan.

Parts of southern Pakistan have been facing drought since the beginning of this year.