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Emergency declared in Sindh; army called in for relief efforts in Rajanpur, Shikarpur, Kandhkot and Kashmore; DG Khan areas submerged
 
 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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ISLAMABAD: Over 70 people were killed and dozens of others were injured on Monday as torrential rains and flashfloods continued to wreak havoc across the country. A state of emergency was declared in Shikarpur, Kashmore, Kandhkot, Ghotki and other districts of Sindh while the army was called in for rescue and relief efforts in Rajanpur, Shikarpur, Kandhkot and Kashmore.

 

A spokesman for the Met office said Jacobabad received 380mm of rain during the last 24 hours, which broke its own 100-year-old record. He said Jacobabad usually received about 11mm of rain in the month of September, adding that all the upper areas of Sindh had received more than 100mm of rain so far.

 

According to media reports, several DG Khan areas are under rainwater. The intermittent rain paralysed the routine life and disrupted the communication system, with many villages disconnected from the rest of the country.

 

In Shikarpur, 10 people were killed and 160 houses damaged while 15 people were killed in Ghotki in rain-related incidents.

 

Reports said Kandhkot and Kashmore districts were severely hit by the monsoon flooding. People in the inundated area said there was a lack of coordination among the authorities to provide relief to the affected population.Meanwhile, as many as 23 people were killed in rain-related incidents in Kandhkot and Kashmore.

 

In Mirpur Mathello, five people, including three children, were killed when the roof of their house collapsed.

 

Reports said in Chachro and Talhar, flash floods triggered by the rains claimed 13 lives while in Kot Diji and Thari Mirwah, several roads were submerged. In these areas, relief efforts were dealt a setback as de-watering pumps and heavy motors did not operate properly due to poor maintenance. Heavy floods caused by rains also destroyed the standing crops on huge agricultural lands. Schools and colleges in the rain-hit areas have been closed and emergency has been declared in hospitals.

 

In Faisalabad, four people were killed in rain-related incidents, while six houses collapsed. Sajid, a factory worker, was electrocuted while working in a factory near Kamalpur on the Sargodha Road. Nishat Ahmad, another worker, received severe electric shock and fell unconscious in an attempt to rescue his friend. He was shifted to hospital where his condition was said to be stable.

 

In the second incident, a boy was killed while four of his family members were critically injured when the roof of their house collapsed during the rain in Mohallah Hajiabad, Nishatabad.

 

In the third incident, two shopkeepers of the Sandal Bar area of Millat Road were electrocuted when they were trying to lock their shop during the rain.In the fourth incident, Ijaz and Saeed were buried under the debris when the roof of their factory collapsed during the rain in Bakar Mandi.

 

In Pakpattan, three members of a family were killed, while three others were injured when the roof of their house collapsed in Mohallah Eidgah. The roof of the house of Muhammad Abbas Qureshi, son of Khushi Muhammad, also collapsed during the rain.

 

In Toba Tek Singh, a child was killed and more than 12 others were injured as rain continued on the fifth consecutive day.

 

Three members of a family were killed in a roof collapse incident in Multan. According to Rescue 1122, Muhammad Faisal, his wife Hameedan Bibi and six-month-old daughter Irsa, were sleeping in their house near the shrine of Pir Roshan Shah when its roof caved in due to heavy rain.

 

Meanwhile, a boy and his sister were electrocuted near Bosan Road Bypass in Multan. According to Rescue 1122, Ramazan, 6, and his sister Sonia, 5, were playing in their home when they received electric shocks during rain. They died on the spot.

 

Also, as many as nine persons died and four others were injured in a roof collapse incidents due to heavy rain in Gadoon Amazai Industrial Estate, Swabi. The injured were shifted to hospital.

 

MUZAFFARGARH: Heavy rains caused havoc across the Muzaffargarh district. As many as 35 people were injured due to roof collapses in Kot Addu, Muzaffargarh, Jatoi and Alipur tehsils while rainwater flooded the streets in Shah Jamal, Khangarh, Sher-e-Sultan, Rangpur and Qasba Gujrat. The rainwater also entered the houses in some low-lying areas. Trains were delayed and power supply was disrupted for hours due to the rains. Meanwhile, DCO Muzaffar Khan Sial said that the situation was under control. He said that a control room had been set up in the office of the EDO(CD) to monitor the situation.

 

SAHIWAL: Heavy rains continued in the district on the third day on Monday. The rains disrupted telephone service and power supply in the city and surrounding areas. The telephone lines of the commissioner’s office and surrounding areas of Canal Colony, Main Farid Town Road and localities were out-of-order for the last three days. The heavy rains coupled with windstorm also uprooted dozens of trees, which fell on electric poles, disrupting the power supply.

 

MANSEHRA: Almost all the districts of Hazara Division received heavy rain on the fourth consecutive day on Monday.

 

The rain, which started in Mansehra, Kohistan, Torghar and Battagram districts on Friday, continued intermittently on Monday. The mountainous areas remained wrapped in heavy fog and visibility was also affected.

 

The land-sliding has blocked various link roads in Siran, Konsh and Kaghan valleys in Mansehra and Allai in Battagram and Kundia in Kohistan, which is causing inconvenience to the commuters.