Four dead, 22 injured as heavy pre-monsoon spell lashes Punjab
LAHORE—Heavy rain lashed different towns and cities of the Punjab including Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring 22 others in several rain-linked accidents. Rain in Lahore and other areas of Punjab has been particularly heavy since morning on Wednesday.
Dark and thick clouds gathered above Lahore during the wee hours of the day and massive rainfall was reported across the city and the adjoining areas. Flights had either been cancelled or delayed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. A number of low lying areas were flooded with water while several roads were under knee deep water.
In Jhang, at least two people died and four suffered injuries from electrocution, while in Bhakkar, a woman and a child lost their lives while 12 have been injured in separate rain-linked accidents.
At least four people have been injured in Thokar Niaz Beg area of Lahore after the roof of their house collapsed. Wall of an under constructed building fell in the area of Ferozepur Road injuring two persons while another accident injured one more in Mandi Bahauddin. Heavy rain was reported in Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, and Sheikhupura in Punjab after which lowland areas completely submerged under rain water.
Several feeders also tripped across the province, leaving people without electricity for several hours.
According to the Director Meteorological Department Dr Muhammad Hanif, parts of the country have entered into a pre-monsoon season which would end after two days. However, he also informed that a new monsoon spell would begin from next week.
Fearing that a relatively heavy monsoon would hit the country this year, Dr Hanif said, “at least 80millimetre rain in Lahore is an indication of the strong monsoon this year”. He said heavy rains could possibly cause floods in some areas. Monsoon in Karachi and other parts of Sindh would begin in the first week of July, Dr Hanif added.
Meanwhile, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Major General As-ghar Nawaz Wednesday directed timely stockpiling of required relief items especially at district level and completion of ongoing flood protection schemes, beside a need for continuous and vigilant monitoring of flood situation.
Discussions also included operational matters as related to the disaster management at provisional level. The NDMA Chairman assured all possible support to the provincial authorities. The comprehensive process closely supervised by the NDMA Chairman culminated into the National Monsoon Preparedness Conference held on June 9 at Islamabad. Resultantly, a National Monsoon Contingency Response Directive 2016 was formulated.