Monsoon rains claim 13 more lives

Published: July 13, 2017
A car submerged in rain water. PHOTO: EXPRESS

A car submerged in rain water. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The ongoing monsoon rains across the country claimed thirteen more lives on Wednesday taking the death toll to 60.

As many as 74 people have also been injured in rain-related incidents since the monsoon started in the country while 62 houses have been damaged.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), 13 more fatalities have been reported from across the country during the last 48 hours in different rain-related incidents.

Heavy rains triggered flash flooding in District Zhob, Balochistan which claimed two lives. While a mud house collapsed in district Gujranwala killing three persons and injuring one.

Two others were killed when a vehicle fell into River Indus in Tehsil Kundi Soka Ghazi, District Haripur. Rescue operation is underway to recover the bodies.

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Weather alert was issued by the district administration Swabi where twin brothers had drowned in a nearby stream. The DC Swabi issued red alert in Dubyan and distributed tents among the affected people of the village where some 500 families have been shifted to government schools and nearby mosques.

Another person was killed in flash floods in Bajur Agency. Three other people were killed in rain-related incident in K-P.

In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Fata, the total human losses in two days of torrential rains touched the figure of six while 10 people have been injured as well.

According to the latest data, so far 17 deaths have been reported in Balochistan, 14 in Punjab, 13 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, six in Sindh, five in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and four across Fata.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall in the country from July 12 and 13, with NDMA directing all concerned departments to remain on a high alert and ensure all precautionary measures.

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The meteorological department has also predicted scattered winds, thunderstorm and rains at isolated places over the upper catchments of rivers Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej as well as in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Gujranwala divisions.

Scattered wind-thundershowers and rains are also expected over DG Khan and Lahore divisions along with Northeast Balochistan. Isolated thunderstorm and rain is expected over Multan and Bahawalpur Divisions.

Meanwhile, all rivers are flowing at normal level except the Jhelum at Mangla and the Chenab at Marala, which are at low to medium, and the Indus at Tarbela, Kalabagh and Chashma, the Kabul at Nowshera and the Chenab at Khanki which are at low.


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