Two Perish as Heavy Rains Lash Punjab, K-P


Islamabad 25th July: At least two people died in Rawalpindi on Thursday in rain-related incidents as torrential downpour lashed areas of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, reported BaaghiTV.

Rescue officials said 30-year-old Sehrish drowned while trying to save her one-year-old son, Shayan, from a flooded basement. Rescue 1122 workers were called to the scene to recover the bodies.

Five other people from various areas of Rawalpindi were also saved as heavy rains since Wednesday interrupted normal life and inundated main thoroughfares in the twin cities.

Following heavy rain in Lahore, Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) cancelled the leaves of all field staff.
Lahore DC Saleh Mohammad also directed relevant departments to ensure that water is cleared out of flooded areas and that life is restored to normal as soon as possible.

The Pakistan Met Office has predicted that heavy to very heavy rainfall will persist in various parts of Punjab and some areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa during the next three days.

Areas that will be affected by rain include Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Hazara, Malakand division, Peshawar, Mardan and Azad Kashmir.

Other areas that may be affected by rain include Kohat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur divisions and certain areas of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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