Pakistan: 49 Killed, 176 Injured In Country-Wide Wave Of Torrential Rain
Wheat crop has also damage because of rain spell
LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Desk)– At least 49 people have been killed and 176 people injured as heavy rains continued to play havoc in Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the National Disaster Management Authority said Wednesday.
At least 117 houses have been damaged as a result of torrential rains.
As many 15 people were killed in Punjab and 14 lost their lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa (KP), the NDMA report said.
More widespread dust-thunderstorm and rain accompanied by gusty winds is expected in Punjab, Islamabad, Kashmir, at scattered places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while at isolated places in Quetta, Zhob, Sibi, Kalat, Sukkur, Larkana divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.
In Faisalabad, the heavy rain spell caused interrupted power supply, after technical faults occurred in 110 electricity supply feeders, a FESCO spokesman told APP.
Jhang, Gojra, Sammundri, Tandlianwala, Sargodha and their peripheral areas were among those which suffered power shortage, he said, adding field staff worked actively and restored electricity supply from all feeders after rain.
In the last 24 hours, the MET office has recorded 57mm rain in Islamabad, 24mm rain in Rawalpindi, 43mm rain in Lahore, 40mm in Gujranwala and 16mm in Peshawar.
According to the MET office, more widespread dust-thunderstorm and rain accompanied by gusty winds is expected in Punjab, Islamabad, Kashmir and at scattered places in KP.
Rain is also expected at isolated places in Quetta, Zhob, Sibi, Kalat, Sukkur, Larkana divisions and Gilgit Baltistan, the MET office added.
A day earlier, nine people, including two children, were killed in flash floods in different areas of Balochistan. Three others were injured in the floods.
Beside causing the human and property damages, the recent rain has also badly affected wheat and other crops across the country and created jeopardy for the farmers.
SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES AND TELEVISION MONITORING