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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Torrential rains unleash death, destruction in Balochistan, Punjab, KP 38 killed, dozens injured in rain related incidents

ISLAMABAD, July 22 : Heavy rains in different parts of the country Thursday unleashed deaths and destruction and disturbed normal life with many low lying areas under water and katcha houses collapsed. The number of those died in the rain-related incidents in various parts of the country has risen to 39 with fear of more causalities. More then 30 people died and several others injured due to flood of rainwater and 30 villages have been flooded in Balochistan. In Barkhan, flash flood caused by the breakage of Nardwala Dam in Kohlu-Barkhan area of Balochistan swept away more then 50 people on Thursday. So far at least 30 dead bodies have been recovered. Search operation for remaining missing people in the flood water were underway, Levies sources said. Many villages have been flooded and several houses have been washed away and destroyed as well as hundred people have trapped in their houses which were inundated by rainwater due to breakage of dam. In Kohlu, at least 30 villages have been inundated due to continuous heavy showers and over hundred of people have been trapped in the flash floods, Kohlu Deputy Commissioner Nusrullah Rind said adding that the road links between Barkhan and Kohlu have been cut off by the flood water. He said large contingents of levies and FC personnel have been sent to affected areas and they were shifting the local people to safer places. He said Pakistan army and district administration officials have been helping in rescue and relief operation. He said Pakistan army provided services of four helicopters in this regard. He said that daily used items have been sent the affected areas of Kohlu and Barkhan. He said that emergency have been declared in Kohlu and all district administration, Pakistan army and doctors in the all hospitals have been directed to be on high alert. In Sibbi, more then 800 people were reported trapped in their houses while several houses were swept away by the rain water. Sultan Kot village has been completely destroyed from flood in Tilli area of Sibbi. According to deputy commissioner Sibbi Shahid Masood, over 100 families living in the Sultan Kot village have been trapped in their houses as floodwater has cur all the land routes to the area. Pakistan army has started relief and rescue operation in the affected areas. He said people trapped in their house are being transferred to safer places. High floods have been reported in Jafharabad and Nasirabad. Many houses have been swept away by flood water. Heavy rains also lashed Lahore for the third consecutive day paralyzing life and deluging the low-lying areas, which resulted into long snarl-ups. Met office recorded 61mm rain in the provincial metropolis on Thursday. A 24-year-old cyclist was electrocuted to death in Lahore, while five others were hurt as a roof caved in at Ravi Road. Five people including two women and as many children were injured as a wall collapsed due to incessant rain in Jalal Pur Bhattian. Two labourers died in Okara due to electric shocks; a couple died in Gujranwala as the roof of their house caved in. Three people trapped under debris of a roof in Gujrat; 8 hurt in Faisalabad wall collapse. Four people have been killed while 15 others injured in rain-related incidents in Dera Ismail Khan (DIK) and Tank. Basti Lar, Basti Ilyas and a new colony have been deluged after the RD-1200 canal flooded due to continued rains, sweeping away as many as 200 houses. Heavy downpour continued in Dera Ismail Khan for the last 48 hours, while some 50 houses have been demolished in Tank. Roads have been submerged in Tank Bannu, Tank Dera and South Waziristan. On the other hand, a village located alongside the River Indus is likely to be deluged as water level rises in the river near DIK. According to Met office, 98 mm rain was recorded at Lahore Airport, 60 mm in Faisalabad, 50 mm in Bhakkar, 93 mm in Noorpur Thal, 37 mm in Sargodha, 23 mm in Jhang, 113 mm in Bannu, 85 mm inGari Dopatta, 71 mm in Peshawar, 64 mm in Muzaffarabad, 28 mm in Islamabad and 7 mm in Rawalpindi. Meanwhile, the meteorological Office has forecast widespread thunderstorm and downpour during next 24-36 hours in different parts of the country as southwest monsoon current from Arabian Sea is penetrating in sub-mountain areas of Punjab and Kashmir.

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