Lightning, heavy downpour claims about 12 lives across Pakistan

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People commute during heavy rain in Sialkot, on June 25, 2023. — APP
People commute during heavy rain in Sialkot, on June 25, 2023. — APP
  • Heavy rains continue across Pakistan until June 30.
  • Downpour in Lahore trips 150 power feeders.
  • PMD had advised authorities to remain alert.

Lightning strikes and torrential downpours resulted in the deaths of 12 people and injuries to 15 others in the early hours of Monday as severe weather hit the country ahead of the monsoon season.

In Punjab’s Narowal, Pasrur, Sheikupura and Sialkot, lightning killed 10 people – including children – and injured seven people.

Heavy rains in Lahore also tripped 150 power feeders. Meanwhile, the country’s largest province has been hit by heavy rainfall, with citizens facing multiple problems: power outages and flooded roads.

As intermittent rain continues in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a woman died and six others were injured when the roof of a house collapsed in Buner’s Takhta Band village.

Shabqadar, Swat, Charsadda, Mansehra, Lower Dir, Swabi and North Waziristan also received heavy rainfall.

Balochistan’s Shela Bagh, Toba Achakzai, Musa Khel, Ziarat Valley, Noshki and Washuk also received rainfall, resulting in flooding. Rain also fell in several cities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, including Muzaffarabad.

‘Authorities advised to remain alert’

Severe weather conditions are likely to prevail as the Met Office has predicted moist currents to enter the upper and central parts of the country from the Arabian Sea, and a westerly wave entered the upper parts of the country on June 25.

Under the influence of this weather system, rain/wind thunderstorms (with few heavy falls) are expected in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Galliyat, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Chitral, Swat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad , Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Kurram, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, Mianwali, Sargodha, Hafizabad, MB Din, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh from 24 (night) until June 30 with occasional hiatus.

Rain/wind thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls also expected in Barkhan, Loralai, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Kalat, Khuzdar, Zhob, Ziarat, Musakhel, DI Khan, Karak, Waziristan, DG khan, Rajanpur, Multan, Bhakkar, Layyah, Kot Addu, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Okara, from June 26-29, while in Sukkur, Jacobabad and Larkana on June 27-28.

In an earlier weather advisory, the PMD also warned that prevailing heat wave conditions were likely to ease over the forecast period.

Heavy rains could cause urban flooding in low-lying areas of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujranwala and Lahore on June 26 and 27, and could trigger landslides in the vulnerable areas of Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Heavy rains could cause flash flooding in DG Khan mountain streams and adjacent areas in northeastern Balochistan on June 27.

“All concerned authorities are advised to remain alert and take necessary precautions during the forecast period,” the PMD had added.

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