• Death toll rises to six as heavy rain continues to lash Lahore

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    Death toll rises to six as heavy rain continues to lash Lahore Death toll rises to six as heavy rain continues to lash Lahore

    The death toll from rains in the provincial capital rose to six on Tuesday.

    According to sources in Rescue 1122, two people were killed as the roof of their warehouse collapsed in Gumti bazaar owing to heavy downpour. Another person died of electrocution in China Scheme area of Gujar Pura.

    Rescue sources further said that three others were injured as the roof of their house collapsed in China Scheme.

    Three people were reported killed on Monday night due to electrocution during the heavy rainfall. Two were electrocuted to death in Rewaz Garden while a third was electrocuted at Qurtaba Chowk, in the Old City area.

    The deceased included Rewaz Garden employees Amanat and Shazaib, while motorcyclist Akber was electrocuted at Qurtaba Chowk after coming in contact with live electrical wires.  

    A total 252 millimetres of rain has been recorded in the city in the last 24 hours. However, the rain is still continuing to lash Lahore among other cities across Punjab.

    150 electricity feeders tripped

    The rainfall resulted in 150 electricity feeders tripping in the city, plunging different areas of the city into darkness.

    According to Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) officials, work is underway to bring electricity feeders back online. 

    Moreover, the flow of traffic was severely affected as water accumulated in low-lying areas. 

    A warning was also given out for Lahore airport due to the weather conditions, stating that routine flight operations may be affected.

    Rainwater also accumulated at DHQ hospital in Gujranwala with hospital officials saying work is underway to remove it. 

    The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast more rain in the next two days.

    On the other hand, the PMD has forecast rain along with thundershower with gusty winds in Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha and Faisalabad divisions along with Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). 

    Isolated showers can also be expected in Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, DI Khan and Sahiwal, while hot and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.

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