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Lightning and heavy downpours claims 12 lives in Pakistan

Heavy rainfall may cause urban flooding in low-lying areas of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujranwala, and Lahore on 26 and 27 June, said PMD.

Lahore, 26 June 2023, (GNP): As Pakistan braces for monsoon, heavy downpours in the early hours of Monday have led to the loss of 12 lives and left 15 others injured.

The affected regions, including Narowal, Pasrur, Sheikupura, and Sialkot in Punjab, witnessed the tragic demise of 10 individuals, including children, while seven people sustained injuries.

Moreover, Lahore experienced heavy rainfall, causing 150 power feeders to trip. The severe rains have also led to power outages and flooded roads all over the city.

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Also, in Buner’s Takhta Band village, one woman died and six others sustained injuries due to a house roof collapsing during the intermittent rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Shabqadar, Swat, Charsadda, Mansehra, Lower Dir, Swabi, and North Waziristan also experienced severe rainfall.

In Balochistan, areas including Shela Bagh, Toba Achakzai, Musa Khel, and Ziarat Valley, witnessed heavy downpours, causing streams to flood.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir cities, including Muzaffarabad, also received rainfall.

Moist currents from the Arabian Sea and a westerly wave have entered the upper parts of Pakistan. This led to the expectation of persistent severe weather conditions.

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The Meteorological Office predicted rain, wind, and thunderstorms in various regions from 24 to 30 June, with occasional breaks. Cities including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Gujranwala might experience heavy rainfall.

Additionally, Barkhan, Loralai, Sibbi, and other areas will experience isolated heavy falls during 26-29 June. Likewise, Sukkur, Jacobabad, and Larkana will encounter adverse weather conditions on 27 and 28 June.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned of potential urban flooding in low-lying areas of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujranwala, and Lahore. Furthermore, it warned of the risk of landslides in vulnerable regions such as Murree and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 26 and 27 June.

On 27 June, heavy rainfall may cause flash flooding in D G Khan and parts of northeast Balochistan. In an earlier weather advisory, the PMD warned that prevailing heat wave conditions may subside during the forecast period.

“All concerned authorities are advised to remain alert and to take necessary precautionary measures during the forecast period,” the PMD said.