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Torrential rains in KP, Punjab claim at least 28 lives

KP bore the brunt of the rains as 25 deaths were reported from the province

By Web Desk
June 10, 2023
Bannu district of KP bears the brunt of heavy rains. — Twitter/ISiyarAliShah
 Bannu district of KP bears the brunt of heavy rains. — Twitter/ISiyarAliShah

Torrential rains accompanied by thunderstorms battered several parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, leaving at least 28 people dead and over 140 wounded on Saturday.

As per the provincial disaster management authority, 25 people were killed in rain related incidents in KP's Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Karak and Lakki Marwat while 145 were injured. It added that at least 69 houses were partially damaged by the rain.

As per PDMA's breakdown, 15 people died and 100 were injured in Bannu. It also added that 68 houses were partially damaged in the area.

Meanwhile, at least 5 people were killed and 42 others were wounded in Lakki Marwat district.

While, in Karak four people died and 1 person was injured. In, Dera Ismail Khan a child died due to the rains, two people were injured and one house was partially damaged. 

A Rescue 1122 official said that all stations of their Rescue 1122 in KP are on alert to deal with any untoward incident.

He said relief activities continued as due to heavy rain, roof collapses occurred at many places in Lakki Marwat Bannu and other parts of the province.

He disclosed that Rescue 1122's search and rescue operations are ongoing as all the injured are being shifted to the hospital after providing medical aid on the spot.

KP caretaker Information Minister Barrister Feroze Jamal Shah, in a statement, said that a high alert had been issued in the hospitals of the affected districts.

He said the interim government was in contact with the authorities of the affected areas.

Similarly, heavy rains along with strong winds battered several parts of Punjab including Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and other districts.

In Chan village of Khushab district of the province, three girls died after a wall of their house collapsed due to torrential rains.

At least 10 people were injured in rain-related incidents in Gujranwala district.

Heavy rains and strong winds also disrupted electricity supply in many areas.

Heavy rain with thunderstorm was also reported from Azad Jammu and Kashmir's (AJK) Nakyal city and its suburbs.