vast areas in Punjab under water, water level in rivers rising
LAHORE, RAWALPINDI/SIALKOT/MUZAFFARABAD, Sep 5 (INP)More than seventy eight people have been killed in incessant rains that have brought the life in Punjab and Azad Kashmir to a stand still. Over a dozen people were killed and many others were injured on Friday as torrential rains wreaked havoc in north-eastern Punjab and Azad Kashmir, taking the death toll from the heavy downpour to at least 100.
However a report presented to the Prime Minister said that 56 persons have been killed and 73 injured.
Flash floods have inundated cities, towns and villages, prompting authorities to send troops to evacuate residents and assist in the emergency. Most of the deaths were caused by roof collapses, landslides and electric shocks.
A number of cities received over 130mm of rain. Lahore received more than 500 mm of rain, breaking the record of rain ten years ago. Pakistan’s meteorological office issued a severe weather warning for northeast Punjab and Kashmir, saying more intense rain was expected which could trigger flash flooding.
Pakistan regularly suffers from flooding during the monsoon season. In 2010, flash floods killed 1,700 people. In 2013, 178 people were killed and around 1.5 million affected by flooding.
The latest five deaths reported from Rawalpindi occurred as three men died when the wall of a house collapsed; a child drowned near Fauji Colony; a resident died from mud-slides near Rawalpindi High Court.
The deaths in Sialkot took place in the Pasroor area where three members of a family died when the roof of their house caved in. Dek nullah breached its banks bringing 20 villages under water in Pasroor.
A woman died, while nine, including eight children, were injured as the roof of a mud-built house collapsed in Lahore?s Shahdarah area.
A man and his wife were also killed when the roof of their house came down in Rasoolpur in Okara while in Chiniot, three persons sustained injuries in different incidents.
An army jawan was drowned in the gushing water in Gujranwala as he was trying to rescue the marooned people.
A total of 14 deaths have occurred in Azad Kashmir with 40 injured in rain-related incidents, Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) said at least 300 houses have been damaged due to torrential rains.
In another tragic incident of roof collapse that occurred in Azad Kashmir, four children lost their lives while in Bagh, fifteen shops and a madressa collapsed near Lari Adda.
Casualties also occurred in different rain-related incidents in Haripur. Four persons of a family including a woman and her two children were killed in another incident in Khanpur while a boy and his sister were killed in Ghazi area. In Batagram, fifty houses have been destroyed by the incessant rain.
Due to a low-level flood in river Jhelum and danger of flooding in rivers by heavy rains, locals residing near rivers have been issued alerts by the district administration to evacuate their homes.
The river Chenab is currently having discharge of 10 lakh cusecs. Army has been called in Jhang due to danger of flood in river Chenab.
Lahore and Gujrat roads and streets were flood with water giving the scenes of rivers. In Gujrat, Kot Maujdeen, Shadiwal and Mund hundreds of acres of crops have come under water and many livestocks have been washed away.
Eight members of a family including women and children were killed in a landslide in Chilas.
Disaster Management Agency chairman Akram Sohail told that there had been some flash flooding in the Himalayan territory and warned that the rivers Jhelum and Neelum were close to overflowing in some places.
Pakistan’s meteorological office warned that more heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected in Punjab and the north of the country in the coming 24 hours and could cause flooding in major rivers. A met office spokesman said the weather is likely to clear by Saturday afternoon.
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