DG KHAN: At least four children suffered injuries when heavy rains, coupled with strong winds, hit Dera Ghazi Khan Dsitrict on Monday. The rains also significantly decreased the temperature.
Rescue officials told The Express Tribune that the roof of a house collapsed when a tree fell on it in the Dahrma Dari police station precincts. As a result, four children suffered head injuries and other wounds.
The injured were shifted to the district headquarters hospital for treatment. The victims were identified as 10-year-old Muhammad Arshad, eight-year-old Muhammad Ahmed, 12-year-old Shakir and five-year-old Abdullah.
As a result of the downpour, main roads in the city were submerged in rainwater. Most parts of the city were also without electricity for many hours, adding to people’s miseries. However, power to affected urban localities was restored later, while several villages were still without electricity till the filing of this report.
As a result of intermittent rain, most of the low-lying areas were submerged. All major roads and other thoroughfares were inundated with rainwater and sewerage. People faced severe difficulty while commuting as the district administration failed to drain out the accumulated rainwater.
All major roads in Sakhi Sarwar and Choti areas were inundated with rainwater and sewerage. Heavy winds also uprooted several trees on Sakhi Sarwar and Jampur roads, thus disrupting traffic.
As a result of heavy rains at Koh-e-Suleman, water from hill torrents entered DG Khan, Sakhi Sarwar, Fazla Kach Mithawn, Sangarh and other areas damaging fields and crops.
Meanwhile, the local meteorological office predicted cloudy weather with more rains in different parts of the province over the next few days.
Earlier, Met Office Spokesperson Khalid Mahmood Malik said it was expected that pre-monsoon showers in catchment areas will help improve water levels in Mangla and Tarbela dams which are currently at critical levels.