At least three people died and two were injured in rain-related accidents in various cities of the Punjab.
It rained for more than 12 hours in Sargodha. The rain began around dawn and continued till the evening until most of the city was inundated.
A truck driver died after receiving electric shock from a water tap. Rescue officials said several taps in the Pul 111 area had come in contact with an electric wire. Naimat Khan received the shock on touching one of these. He died on the spot. Electricity supply to the area was disconnected for several hours following the incident.
Elsewhere, Iftikhar, a labourer, fainted from an electric shock in Farukah area. Some passers-by took him to a hospital, but he died on the way. In Multan, a worker at a tyre shop in Alfalah Market died from an electric shock. Rescue 1122 officials said that Majid Shah, 35, had recently shifted to Multan from Sargodha to work at his brother-in-law’s tyre shop. He got the shock on Thursday morning when he switched on a machine that had been lying in the rain. He was taken to a hospital, but did not survive.
Two men were injured after their motorcycles skidded on University Road, Sargodha. They were taken to a hospital, from where they were later discharged. They were identified as Muhammad Ali and Salman Nawaz.
Rain water caused traffic jams on major roads in Sargodha, Gujranwala and Multan. In low lying area, water entered houses. In Sargodha, Rehmanpura, Mohammadi Colony, Gulwala, New Satellite Town, Zafarullah Chowk and Jinnah Abadi were the worst affected. The areas around University Road were also inundated.
The tehsil municipal administration (TMA) office in Sargodha was also inundated. Most workers left the office on account of the leaking roofs. Some TMA officials acknowledged that the building needed to be repaired. They said heavy rain could lead to an untoward incident.
Parts of Sahiwal police station were also submerged in rainwater.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 7th, 2012.