5 People Lose Their Lives as Thunderstorms Batter Pakistan

At least five people have died and several more injured in various rain-related incidents across Pakistan this week.

The recent spell of heavy rainfall has affected different areas of the country throughout the week. Many cities saw a heavy downpour of rains and weather experts state that the current weather is expected to continue in the coming days.

Lives Lost

Two people were killed in Bannu, Khyber Pakthtunkhwa due to the thunderstorm and rains that lasted more than three hours. The heavy rains resulted in a few houses and school buildings falling down. Most of the damage was sustained in towns like Baka Khel, Amandi Hanif and in Shabqadr where rainwater entered into residents’ houses and also submerged many streets.

A child lost his life while three women were injured when the roof of their house collapsed.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has reported that they have recorded:

  • 82 millimeters of rain in Bannu district,
  • 81 millimeters in Kohat
  • 42 millimeters in Peshawar.

All of these districts have been affected very badly, with many people stranded and without shelter as their homes and streets are flooded.

In Tarnol, rooftops of a few houses fell which resulted in the death of three individuals. In a similar incident, near Okara, a women died while a child was severely injured when the roof of their house fell.

Several low lying areas of Punjab were also affected by the rains. Strong winds continued in Faisalabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Gujrat among other cities.

The heavy thunderstorm in the twin-cities have caused the relevant authorities to declare a state of emergency in Rawalpindi.

Not stopping soon

More rains have been predicted by the Meteorological Department of Pakistan at isolated places in Kashmir, upper Punjab and Islamabad during the next 24 hours. The rest of the country is expected to mostly experience humid and hot weather.

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