39 killed, 135 injured as rain continues to wreak havoc across country

LAHORE/PESHAWAR/QUETTA, April 17 (INP): At least 39 people were killed and 135 others injured so far as rain continued to wreak havoc in Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the National Disaster Management Authority said on Wednesday.

According to details, at least three minor girls were killed and seven other people were wounded when roofs of two houses collapsed in Gujranwala and Haveli Lakha due to heavy rains.

Two children and two women were wounded when roof of a house situated in Kashmir Colony area of Gujranwala collapsed due to heavy rain. Rescue teams shifted the injured to hospital.

Separately, three minor girls were killed and three other people were wounded when roof of a house situated in Islam Nagar area of Haveli Lakha collapsed due to heavy rain. The deceased were identified as Mubashra, Mubara and Faiza. The injured included Abdul Wahid, Fatima and Shahida. Rescue teams shifted the injured to nearby hospital. At least 80 houses have been damaged as torrential rain continued to play havoc across the country, the National Disaster Management Authority added. The wheat and other crops have been badly affected in recent rains across the country. Mangos trees have also been uprooted and badly affected due to heavy rainstorm Heavy rain accompanied by gusty wind lashed Lahore and other parts of the country on the second consecutive day. Heavy downpour in different areas inundated roads and streets in the provincial capital of Lahore and commuters faced immense difficulties while trying to carry on with their routines. According to LESCO, more than 150 feeders tripped due to rain, plunging half of the city into darkness. At least 26 millimetre rain was recorded at the Upper Mall, 14 millimetre at the Airport, 12.4 millimetre at the Jail Road, 23 millimetre in Gulberg, 13.5 millimetre in Lakshmi Chowk area and 18.2 millimetre in Mughalpura. Rains was also reported in other parts of the country including Pakpattan, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Swat, Mirpur, Faisalabad, Narowal, Sialkot, Sharaqpur, Shorkot and Bahawalpur. According to Met Office, a very severe weather system has entered Pakistan. Heavy downpours are likely to continue for the next 48 hours in different parts of the country. In Faisalabad, the heavy rain spell caused interrupted power supply, after technical faults occurred in 110 electricity supply feeders, a FESCO spokesman said. Jhang, Gojra, Sammundri, Tandlianwala, Sargodha and their peripheral areas were among those which suffered power shortage, he said, adding field staff worked actively and restored electricity supply from all feeders after rain. Three people were killed and seven others sustained wounds in rain related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa (KP) in recent heavy down pour. According to the official sources, the wheat and other crops have been badly affected in recent rains in the province. Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan has directed the authorities concerned to ensure preventive measures in the wake of recent heavy rains. On the other hand, the Rescue-1122 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has issued an alert about heavy rain and storm in the province during the next 48 hours. People have been advised to contact Rescue 1122 in case of any emergency. The Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) in its statement said as many as 211 feeders were tripped due to rain, from which 109 were restored. Work to restore remaining feeders was underway, the PESCO spokesperson said. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), rain with dust storm or thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds is expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, at isolated places in Balochistan, Punjab, Islamabad, Quetta, Zhob divisions, and Kashmir. It is pertinent to mention here that widespread rainfall with thunderstorm across the country and a dust storm in Karachi killed at least 25 people and scores of others injured. In the last 24 hours, the MET office has recorded 57mm rain in Islamabad, 24mm rain in Rawalpindi, 43mm rain in Lahore, 40mm in Gujranwala and 16mm in Peshawar. According to the MET office, more widespread dust-thunderstorm and rain accompanied by gusty winds is expected in Punjab, Islamabad, Kashmir and at scattered places in KP. Rain is also expected at isolated places in Quetta, Zhob, Sibi, Kalat, Sukkur, Larkana divisions and Gilgit Baltistan, the MET office added. A day earlier, nine people, including two children, were killed in flash floods in different areas of Balochistan. Three others were injured in the floods. INP/LK