Rain lashes several Punjab cities including Lahore
Two women die separately in roof collapse incidents: Rain death toll rises to 176, says NDMA report
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Different areas of Punjab, including the provincial capital Lahore, received intermittent rain on Friday while some incidents of roof collapse due to heavy rain were also reported in which two women died, according to 24NewsHD TV channel.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in its report said that a total of 176 people have died across Pakistan and thousands left homeless due to the heavy monsoon rains.
Different areas of Lahore including Township, Model Town, Kacha Jail Road, Kot Lakhpat, Chungi Amar Sadhu, Ichhra, Canal Road, Faisal Town, Bagrian, Garhi Shahu, and Gulberg received a pleasant spell of rain.
The rain also showered other areas including Islampura, Gawalmandi, Lakshmi Chowk, Railway Station, Mall Road, Muslim Town, Anarkali, and Urdu Bazaar.
Roof collapse incidents
Meanwhile, the roof of a house collapsed in Farrukhabad area of Shahdara, Lahore in which a woman died. The deceased was identified as 70-year-old Hanifa Bibi.
An elderly couple and their son lived in the house the roof of which collapsed due to rain.
The husband and the son of the deceased woman went to the mosque for Fajr prayers when the roof which was made of TR Garder collapsed, said the rescue sources.
The rescuers completed the search and rescue operation and declared no one else was under the rubble.
In Narowal, the roof of a house collapsed due to heavy rain in Badha Pind village.
According to Rescue 1122, the woman died on the spot after being crushed under the rubble of the roof.
The Rescue 1122 teams reached the spot and started the rescue operation. “The roof of the house was too old to resist heavy rains,” said the rescuers.
The deceased was identified as Shamim Akhtar.
Massive floods have killed a total of 176 people across Pakistan and left thousands homeless due to heavy monsoon rains, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said.
According to the NDMA’s flood-related figures, the floods triggered by monsoon rains have also injured 175 people. Moreover, 1,471 houses were swept away by the flooding which also killed 1,408 livestock.
The southern province of Balochistan is the worst flood-hit area of the country, wherein, so far, 66 people, including women and children, have been killed after being swept away in rising flood waters, the NDMA said.
Floods have also injured 49 people in Balochistan as well as swept away 999 houses, of which, 567 were partially destroyed, and 432 completely destroyed. Moreover, 521 livestock were also lost by the floods.
The rainwater also played havoc in Sindh province killing 38 people including 12 men and six children, the NDMA data said.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, the floods triggered by monsoon rains have claimed the lives of 33 people which include 12 men, 11 women, and 11 children.
The authorities have reported 37 injured in rain-related incidents in the KP which include 11 men, 13 women, and 13 children.
Moreover, 146 livestock were also lost owing to the floods. A total of 382 houses are also destroyed in the KP by the intense rainwater, of which, 292 are partially damaged and 90 were completely destroyed.
In Punjab, a total of 26 people including 14 men, six women, and six children have lost their lives owing to various rain-related incidents while 66 people including 37 men, 24 women, and five children have received injuries.
In Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) eight people including one man, four women, and three children have lost their lives. The authorities have reported three injuries in GB region.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) region, four people including three men and one woman lost their lives owing to the rain-related incidents. According to the NDMA, eight people were also injured in the AJK region, wherein, a total of 56 houses are also damaged, of which, 54 were completely destroyed and two partially. The flood waters have killed at least 741 livestock in the AJK region.
In the federal capital Islamabad region so far one death has been reported owing to the rainwater, while authorities have mentioned no other losses in the Islamabad region.
Reporters: Faran Yamin