Pakistan: Death toll from countrywide rain-related incidents jumps to 22

Pakistan: Death toll from countrywide rain-related incidents jumps to 22

SAM Staff,

At least 22 people have been killed in incidents triggered by heavy downpours across the country over the past two days in Pakistan.

Intermittent monsoon rains continue in Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, eastern Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Heavy rain lashed Faisalabad, Gujrat and Gujranwala, after which several low-lying areas were inundated by stormwater.

Three of a family including a minor died after wall of their house collapsed in a katchi abadi in Islamabad. Three minors were drowned in a stormwater drain in Mianwali, taking the death toll from rain-related incidents to 22.

Also in Charsadda, dozens of mud houses were collapsed in the wake of heavy rain, coupled with strong winds.

A heavy downpour in Gilgit-Baltistan forced authorities to issue a red alert, warning of major flood. The GB Disaster Management Authority has advised citizens residing in areas close to rivers and streams, or in low-lying vicinities, to remain cautious.

Traffic remains suspended on Gilgit-Skardu Road following Wednesday’s landslides on six different locations.

In Balochistan, rains continue in Zhob, Moosakhel, Loralai, Kohlu, Barkhan, Koh-e-Suleiman areas, which has triggered flood situation in tributaries originating from Koh-e-Suleiman.

Flash floods affected the Loralai-DG Khan and Zhob-DI Khan national highway at various locations.

Sporadic showers continued in Azad Kashmir on Thursday; however the flow of rivers in the valley was said to be at normal.