Three killed inrain related incidents

F.P. Report

LANDI KOTAL: First downpour of monsoon created havoc in the area and including a child two persons were killed besides events of collapse of boundary walls and rooms collapsed were filed in heavy rain and storm in Landi Kotal, subdivision of Khyber on Saturday morning.

In the first fatal incident took place in Durma Kor, Loy-Shelman village of Landi Kotal, a small boy, Ahmad son of Khan Wali was killed in flood flash.

In the same way as per police sources informed that a tribal youth namely Inzemam Khan son of Zever Khan, resident of Charbagh, Pased Khel was on his way to Peshawar from Landi Kotal when he was washed away by a heavy flood while crossing the spell way.

The body of the deceased was later found in Ali Masjid and was shifted to Headquarter Hospital, Landi Kotal for medic-legal formalities. After confirming identification, the body was handed over to its heir for burial purposes.

The rain demolished boundary walls and houses in Piro Khel, Loy-Shelman and adjacent localities. According to the locals, torrential rain washed away link roads in Kando Khel, Fatmi Khel, Shiekhmal Khel addition with two vehicles were also washed away by the flood water.

Landslides near the Anzari checkpoint cut the territorial connection of Landi Kotal with Loy-Shelman, police informed. Tribal Electric Supply Company (TESCO) official said that approximately six pylons fell down in the rain that suspended power supply to Sultan Khe, Mirdad Khel and Shelman areas of Landi Kotal and soon electricity would be restored.

Deputy Commissioner Khyber announced a compensation package for the deceased and said those who lost their property in rain would also be facilitated as per the procedure. It is to be mentioned here that the Provincial Disaster Management Authority has issued a monsoon alert for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, predicting heavy rain and thunderstorms in the month of July and the authorities concerned have urged residents to take necessary precautions.

Heavy rain lashes several areas in Pakistan: Heavy rain lashed Rawalpindi, Islamabad and other parts of upper Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday. The rain started early in the morning in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Peshawar, and the adjoining areas of Punjab.

The Met Office says 52mm of rain was recorded in the city area of Peshawar and 37mm at Bacha Khan Airport by 8am during the past 24 hours. However, rain continued even after that. But the heaviest of rainfall was reserved for Islamabad and Rawalpindi for the second consecutive day where the administration had to declare rain emergency, forcing the use of machinery to pump out water from the submerged roads and localities. The downpour continued for several hours and continued till noon.

According to the Met Office, Shamsabad had received 79mm of rain followed by 62mm at Katcheri and 39mm at Chaklala areas of Rawalpindi during the past 24 hours till 8am. The amount of rain recorded at Zero Point, Bokra and Saidpur in Islamabad was 57mm, 39mm and 26mm respectively. Meanwhile, various parts of Lahore too were lashed by heavy to moderate rain on Saturday afternoon – the city which has so far experienced two record-breaking days of rain this season.

The Met Office says rain and thundershowers are expected in upper Punjab, Islamabad, Pothohar region, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and northeast Balochistan on Saturday with isolated heavy falls in Kashmir and upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. On the other hand, the weather report for Sunday predicts rain and thundershower in Kashmir, Pothohar region, Islamabad, northeast/east Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Heavy rainfall is also likely at isolated places in Pothohar region, Kashmir and upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the forecast period.