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39 killed, 135 injured as rain continues to lash cities

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LAHORE: At least 39 people were killed and 135 got injured as rain continued to wreak havoc in the cities in Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Wednesday said that at least 80 houses have been damaged due to the rain.

Meanwhile, FESCO spokesperson told media that heavy rain caused an interruption in power supply as 110 electricity supply feeders faced technical faults. “Sargodha, Tandlianwala, Sammundri, Gojra, Jhang and their adjacent areas also faced power shortage,” the spokesperson added.

In the last 24 hours, Islamabad received 54mm rain, Gujranwala got 40mm, Rawalpindi received 24 mm while MET recorded 43mm rain in Lahore.

The MET further stated that more rain along with dust storms and thunderstorms are expected in different areas of Punjab, Islamabad, KP and Azad Kashmir.

Rain is also expected in scattered places in Sukkur, Kalat, Quetta, Sibbi, Zhob, Larkana Divisions, and Gilgit-Baltistan.

On Tuesday, at least nine persons, including two children, were killed and three others injured in flash floods in different areas of Balochistan.

According to Levies sources, torrential rain in the province has led to sewage spilling onto the streets making it difficult for residents to commute. Dukki Deputy Commissioner (DC) has said water from the Alambar River has entered the Kuli Manzai district and has taken the shape of a flash flood, causing destruction to the houses. One man was killed in flooding in the Barkhan district.

Residents have been shifted to safe places while emergency has been declared in the hospitals, the DC added. Irrigation authorities have said due to intermittent rain in the area, water in the Mankai Dam has exceeded the limit and has started overflowing through the spillway.

Moreover, due to continuous rain in the Harnai district, the bridge connecting the district to the highway has been closed for the commute. While land sliding has lead to the closing of Mir Ali Khel DI Khan Road.

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