ISLAMABAD: In a devastating turn of events, heavy rainfall in the twin cities led to the collapse of walls, resulting in the tragic loss of 13 lives while four people were electrocuted in Lahore taking the tally to 17.
The downpour unleashed chaos as the normally tranquil areas of Islamabad and Rawalpindi experienced a series of unfortunate incidents. One such incident occurred on Peshawar Road near Golra Mor in the federal capital. When a wall of under-construction underpass, measuring approximately 100 feet in length and 11 feet in height, came crashing down, burying 11 laborers beneath its debris.
The victims, who were trapped under the weight of the fallen structure, succumbed to their injuries before rescue personnel from the renowned Rescue 1122 could reach the scene. Promptly responding to the distress call, the dedicated Rescue 1122 team sprang into action, employing heavy machinery to commence rescue operations. Amid the perilous situation, four workers were successfully extracted from the rubble, providing a glimmer of hope amidst the tragedy.
Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of 12 lives due to heavy rain near Golra Mor, Peshawar Road here.
The prime minister prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear this loss with fortitude. He directed the local administration to remain on high alert due to heavy rains in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Three people electrocuted in metropolis Lahore including one person near Ravi River while two children lost their lives in the rain related incidents in city. A 35-year-old person lost his life when he was electrocuted from switch board in Harbanspura while two kids lost electrocuted from electricity pole while swimming.
Following the incident, Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) President Abdul Aleem Khan tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims of Golra Mor wall collapse in Islamabad. “Deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives in the underpass accident,” the politician wrote, adding that, “Our hearts go out to the affected families during this hour of grief”.
Khan urged the concerned authorities to implement necessary measures to ensure the safety of workers. “May Allah grant forgiveness to the departed souls and provide a swift recovery for the injured. Amen,” he added. In a separate incident, tragedy struck the Muhammad Town area of Khanna police station as an 11-year-old girl lost her life when another wall collapsed amidst the rainfall.