Heavy rains leave trails of destruction behind
TV grab shows landsliding blocks Korakoram Highway.
Monsoon rains continued to wreak havoc in different parts of the country mainly affecting Sukkur in south and Muzaffargarh in Punjab and Diamer in Gilgit Baltistan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The torrential rains on Thursday caused roof collapses at three houses in Sukkur killing a woman. While, 10 were injured in other incidents like collapsing of towers, trees and signboards due to heavy rains.
Strong winds and monsoon rains in Shahdadkot resulted in an electricity outage. Shahdadkot is the most populated and largest town of Qambar district of Sindh.
Rescue teams say the crack appeared in Sardar Nullah was due to the intense flow of rainwater.
In Sukkur, heavy rains lashed the city and its surrounding areas causing heavy damage.
Sindh Minister for Local Government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah paid an emergency visit to the city while Sukkur Deputy Commissioner/Administrator and Municipal Commissioner were also summoned.
Nasir Hussain Shah instructed the administration for immediate disposal of rainwater from low-lying areas to avoid any disturbance to the people who are celebrating Eidul Azha.
“All necessary steps should be taken as the rain was very heavy and stormy and power lines and trees have also fallen due to stormy rain,” he added.
Nasir Hussain Shah assured that the rainwater that has accumulated in some areas will be drained in a few hours as the entire staff was on duty.
On the other hand, life in Diamer a district of Gilgit Baltistan was paralyzed due to torrential rains which continued for the last three days blocking the Karakoram Highway from various places.
The officials say efforts are underway to resume the traffic at Karakoram Highway that was stuck from various spots due to landslides in the wake of rains.
The situation in Sangla Hill is not different where torrential rains played havoc and municipal staff were also absent from their duties in the Eid days.
According to Islamabad weather office, shallow monsoon currents are penetrating upper and lower parts of the country and may strengthen on lower parts during the next 24 hours.
On Thursday (today), rain wind-thunder showers are expected in Upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, North Balochistan, Lower Sindh, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan during night. Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.
The weather office predicted that on Friday (tomorrow) rain wind-thunderstorms are expected in Sindh, Upper Punjab, North Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.
Widespread rain wind-thunderstorms occurred in Kashmir, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Punjab and Sindh. Rainfall in past 24 hours (mm): Kashmir: Rawalakot 80, Muzaffarabad (Airport 27, City 25), Kotli 21, Garhi Dupatta 03, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Parachinar 19, Dir (Upper) 15, Balakot 10 Peshawar (Airport 09, City 03), Kakul 01, Kalam 01, Gilgit Baltistan: Astor 16, Bagrote, Gupis 10, Babusar 06, Gilgit 05, Chillas 03, Bunji 01, Punjab: Murree 07, Sialkot (Airport 05, City 03), Jhelum 03, Mangla, Mandi Bahauddin 02, Chakwal, Dera Ghazi Khan 01, Sindh: Rohri 32 and Rohri 01.
Reporter Omar Farooq Farooqi