PESHAWAR: Heavy rain accompanied by wind storms wreaked havoc in Peshawar on Friday, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 80 others.
Mushtaq Ali Shah, director of the meteorological office in Peshawar, said the rain lasted for only one hour and 30 minutes – from 4 pm to 5:30 pm – but caused so much damage as 42mm of precipitation was recorded in the city.
“At least seven children were injured when the roof of a seminary in Akhunabad collapsed, and we shifted them to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH),” Rescue 1122 spokesperson Bilal Faizi told The Express Tribune. However, four of them succumbed to their injuries. Moreover, more than five houses and two walls collapsed inside the city.
The downpour lashed Peshawar, causing massive traffic jams as water started collecting on the roads within the hour. Trees were also uprooted, adding to the chaos.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2014.