Fourteen killed as heavy rainfall hits parts of Punjab
LAHORE: At least fourteen people, including a woman, were killed and dozens wounded when heavy rainfall with thunderstorm lashed different parts of Punjab on Saturday night, ARY News reported.
The meteorological department forecast warned that more showers with thunderstorm and gusty winds are expected in some parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa provinces in the next twelve hours. However, hot and dry weather spell with sunny skies is expected in the rest of the country.
Police and rescue sources said seven people were killed in different incidents caused by the heavy rainfall in the neighborhoods of Bahawalnagar. Another rain-related incident occurred in Miran Wala Bangla area in Faisalabad where a woman was killed and her spouse injured when the ceiling of their house came down on them.
Two more people were killed in similar incidents in another neighborhood of Faisalabad. Whereas, a wall collapsed in Bhorewala leaving a person dead and four injured.
A person was reported killed in Raiwand when the roof of his house collapsed due to the heavy showers. A similar incident occurred in Multan’s Muhammadpur area where the roof of a seminary collapsed injuring seven students. Two people were killed and thirteen others injured in Chichawatni as heavy rain hit the city.
The Met office said a shallow westerly wave is affecting upper and central parts of the country and likely to persist during the next two days.
It added rain with thunderstorm and gusty winds is likely in isolated places in Bannu, Kohat, Sarghoda, D.I Khan, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, D.G Khan, Bhawalpur, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and FATA in the next tweleve hours. Whereas, the most parts of the country are likely to experience hot and dry weather.