Five killed in rain-related incidents in Rawalpindi & Lahore

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Widespread rains have been continuing in different parts of the country, including Islamabad, since yesterday.

According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the current rain spell is expected to last till Saturday.

Water level in Nullah Lai in Rawalpindi rose due to the last night rain; however, it has receded to low level now.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed visited Nullah Lai this morning and directed the district administration and rescue agencies to remain alert.

At least five people died in separate incidents followed by heavy downpour in Rawalpindi and Lahore today.  

According to Rescue sources, one woman along her one year boy lost their lives as rainwater flooded house’s basement in Rawalpindi. Moreover, a young boy lost his life at at Sehala Bridge. 

In Lahore, a couple was killed while three other people sustained injuries in a house collapse incident at Leel village at Ring Road.

Meanwhile, talking to Radio Pakistan’s News and Current Affairs Channel this morning, Spokesperson for National Disaster Management Authority Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmad said riverine flooding is expected in the Indus, Chenab and Ravi rivers due to the recent rains.      

He warned people living in river bed to remain alert of any untoward situation. He said people are also being evacuated from the areas wherever required.

Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed said NDMA, Rescue 1122, WASA and police have been put on alert for quick response to any emergency of rain-caused flood situation.

The NDMA Spokesman said the current weather system, which came from the Arabian Sea, is affecting Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Lahore regions.

He said from Friday, another weather system will emerge from the Arabian Sea, which will affect Karachi and Balochistan.