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PESHAWAR, August 16: Fifteen people, including women and children, have died and more than 50 have been injured in the stormy weather and heavy rain in the provincial capital Peshawar last night, the police say.

Roofs of several buildings and walls collapsed in Faqirabad, Lahori Gate, Nauthia, Wazirbagh, Pandu, Dir Colony and other areas amid heavy rain and windstorm. Those who died also include five children and two women.

Sources in the hospitals say that several among the injured are in critical condition. The federal government has announced 300,000 rupees each for the deceased and 100,000 rupees each for the injured people.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced 100,000 rupees each for the dead and 50,000 rupees each for the injured. The Peshawar district administration says the windstorm has also uprooted electricity and telephone poles, suspending power supply and telephone service in several areas. Officials say repair work on the poles is under way.