Punjab receives heavy rains, nine dead
Five of these deaths were reported from Lahore after the roof of a house collapsed in Afzal Colony located on Bund Road. Three of the victims were identified as Azmat, 24, Asif, 26, and Khalil, 40, while one could not identified as yet.
And in Wazirabad, a sister and a brother – 10-year-old Nayyab and eight-year-old Attique – were killed as their house collapsed in the Sohdra area.
Meanwhile, gushing water swept away a bridge on Palkhu Nullah, disconnecting the Bharat town from Sialkot Cantt and city.
On the other hand, the downstream populated areas of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are facing flood threat if Simly Dam located on Soan River is opened.
The raging waters from the river have already started inundating parts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi since Thursday. The affected areas include Christian Colony, Dhok Darzian, Azeem Town and several villages in Sihala.
The river water has also Capital University near Kal Pul (Bridge) as the several localities in area are facing the threat of inundation if the flood situation worsens.
Similarly, the road connecting Kotli Satian with Azad Kashmir’s Rawalakot district is blocked for traffic after landslides hit the area on Thursday.
In Kalar Sayedan, dozens of vehicles are stuck on bridge after water level reached an alarming level on a bridge over Nullah Kansi.
As far as Lahore is concerned, the downpour inundated roads and streets in various parts of the city, including Gulberg, Kot Lakhpat, Township, Iqbal Town, Muslim Town, Baghban Pura, China Scheme and Garhi Shahu. The amount of rain recorded in Lahore City was 66mm with 55mm at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.
Also, the residents of low-lying areas and the traders in business centres are facing great hardships as Gujranwala received more rain on the third consecutive day.
Meanwhile, sewerage system broke down in Sangla Hill as soon as rain with thunder and wind lashed the town. Similar scenes were witnessed Faisalabad and other cities across Faisalabad.
During the last 24 hours, northeast Punjab and the adjoining areas of AJK received heaviest rainfall, which include Kotli 185mm, Sialkot City 159mm and Narowal 81.
It is predicted that the upper parts of the province will receive more rain on Friday and Saturday early morning.