Six die as rain brings down roofs of houses in Gujranwala

GUJRANWALA (INP): At least six people died in Gujranwala when roof of the houses they were residing caved in Wednesday morning due to heavy rain.

The first incident took place near Awan Chowk in the city, where a woman, her daughter and son died under the debris when rain brought down the roof of their house. Another girl got injured and was taken to District Headquarters Hospital Gujranwala.

Similarly, in Arif Town near Jhangi, a woman called Saima and her two children died when the roof of their house caved in.

The heavy downpour inundated the only government health facility in Gujranwala city, the district headquarters hospital. More than 125 transformers tripped in Gujranwala due to heavy rain causing inconvenience for the citizens.

Besides, water level in Nullah Lai in Rawalpindi increased once again due to rain. Water and Sanitation Agency Rawalpindi issued an alert for heavy machinery.

The agency’s spokesperson said WASA officials were monitoring Nullah Lai from different areas. While it rained heavily in other parts of the country, light drizzle continued in Karachi on Wednesday, turning the weather pleasant.

Dust-thunderstorm and light showers with gusty winds are expected at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Dera Ismail Khan, Sahiwal, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, according to Pakistan Meteorological Department.

Moreover, heavy rains are expected to lash Kalat, Zhob, Naseerabad and Sibi, according to Provincial Disaster Management Authority Balochistan starting July 14.

The deputy commissioners of the districts concerned have been told to take measures to prevent any untoward incident from happening, PDMA Balochistan stated on Wednesday.

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