Torrential rain plays havoc in Punjab, over 40 killed

Red alert issued after flood warning

 LAHORE: Heavy incessant rain played havoc in Punjab as more than 40 people including women and children were killed, scores injured, hundreds of houses inundated and dozen of villages located in low lying areas in various district across the province.

 Widespread rain-thundershowers continued to lash Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Malakand, Hazara division including Kashmir. It has been intermittently raining in Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Okara, Bahawalpur, Multan and other cities.

 Spokesman for rescue services Punjab, Jam Sajjad confirmed forty deaths, injuries and property losses to heavy rains. He said the dead included women and children, and scores had been injured.

 Six of a family died when the roof of their house caved in Lahore’s Mozang Town. Two women were among the dead when the roof of a dilapidated house collapsed in Mozang’s Chah Meeran.

 In Lahore’s GOR-II area, two people died when a rooftop caved in due to the heavy downpour.

 Moreover, in the provincial capital’s Johar Town, one man died and four others were injured in a similar incident. A labourer was killed when a two-storey under construction building collapsed in Johar.

 Two siblings died in Manawa and one woman in Samanabad due to electrocution.

In Lahore’s Defence area, three people also died due to rain-related incidents.

 Four people, including two children, were killed in separate incidents of roof collapse in the Godhpur and Green Town areas of Sialkot as a result of torrential rains.

 Three people died when the roof of a house collapsed in the town of Kamoki in Gujranwala district.

 The roof of the ramshackle edifice caved as the town saw torrential rains.

Three people died and 16 people were injured in different areas of Faisalabad due to crashing of roof.

 In Khanewal’s tehsil Kabirwala due to collapsing of the house’s wall killed two brothers and injured their sister.

 In Narowal’s Chandwaal area, a seven-year-old girl died while five others were injured while another death was reported from Muzaffarabad.

 Rizwan Naseer, the director general of rescue services in Punjab confirmed the toll and said the injured were being moved to hospitals.-DNA


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