Islamabad [Pakistan]July 5 (ANI): At least seven people were killed after torrential rains hit Lahore city in Pakistan, causing flooding and severe damage to infrastructure, The Dawn newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhsin Naqvi said the cause of death was a roof collapse, drowning and electrocution.
He said a “record” 291mm of rain fell in Lahore on Wednesday, which was unexpected.
“We have sent teams across the city to clear major roads and drain water from flooded areas,” Dawn quoted Naqvi as telling media sources earlier in the day.
Naqvi said areas such as Muslim Town, Garden Town and Gulberg were mostly submerged due to the flooding of the Kana River in Lahore.
He further said that another rain shower is expected in the city at 9pm and authorities are preparing for it, Dawn reported, adding that he was personally overseeing the work.
Earlier, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a warning that several cities were at risk of urban flooding due to the start of monsoon rains.
The Met Office said rains from July 4 to 7 could cause urban flooding in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujranwala and low-lying areas of Lahore, and asked authorities to remain vigilant. Heavy rains over the same period may also trigger landslides in the vulnerable hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Geographic News reported.
Previously, Geographic News reported that Islamabad and Rawalpindi in Pakistan were hit by heavy rains and thunderstorms, causing problems with the sewage system.
In Rawalpindi, roads, especially those in Boha Bazar, Moti Bazar, Jamia Mosque Road and Sadikabad, have been affected by standing water, resulting in continued disruption to life in Pindi and the federal capital. interference.
Sewage pipes remain clogged and water flows into shops and houses, making life worse for residents of both cities. (Arnie)
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