Monsoon woes: Death toll reaches six

Missing man’s body recovered, search for two continues


Our Correspondent July 08, 2015
A man wraps himself with plastic sheeting as he walks during rain in Islamabad PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Death toll in rain-related incidents reached six with the recovery of one more body overnight, rescue officials said on Wednesday.

Rescue 1122 spokesperson Deeba Shahnaz said that a total of four bodies had been recovered by Rescue 1122 since Tuesday, whereas 16 were evacuated during the flooding.

An old man’s body was recovered near Nila Dullah, Chakwal. The body was shifted to the district headquarters hospital and later handed over to his relatives.

Atta Muhammad, 60, had gone missing after the first monsoon rain lashed twin cities on Tuesday.

She said that during the emergency, Rescue 1122 did not receive any distress calls from relatives of the missing man and were alerted after media reports.

Shahnaz said that rescue teams were deputed at Kalma Chowk, Bahria Town Station and Soan Bridge.

She said that the teams continued to look for two more missing persons until midnight.

RDA and Wasa officials had confirmed death of two persons on Tuesday in rain-related incidents.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco) has restored power supply to several areas of the capital.

Supply lines were disturbed after technical faults developed and feeders tripped during heavy rains.

A team was established to restore around 45 tripped feeders. Power supply that was terminated as a precautionary measure in several areas was also restored.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2015.

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