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September 22, 2019
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Heavy rains wreak havoc in parts of Pakistan, 20 killed

Karachi/Islamabad: At least 20 people were killed and several others injured while scores of houses collapsed as heavy rains wreaked havoc in part of Pakistan including Karachi and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Wednesday.

According to correspondents, the flood, caused by a heavy rainfall in the country’s northern area, swept away 17 people including women and children in AJK while two other people were killed in two separate incidents roof collapse.

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The incident occurred in Machiara, a town 40 kilometre away from Muzaffarabad, when the flood swept away 17 people including 4 children and four women. “Four dead bodies have been recovered while search for the other missing is underway,” the correspondent said.

Police have confirmed the death of 13 people, however, our correspondent says all the 17 people have been died. In another incident in the same area, a child was also died in a lightning strike during the rain.

One person was killed in Thatta when a roof of a house caved in due to heavy rainfall while another incident of roof collapse occurred in Faisalabad city of Punjab province, killing one person and injured another. Reports of injuries due to accidents caused by the rainfall were also received from other parts of the country.

The weather also turned pleasant as Pakistan’s largest city Karachi received heavy shower as easterly winds lashed the metropolis and are expected to remain here till Sunday.

The sun remained behind clouds most of the day and the mercury slid a couple of degrees centigrade on the scale.

Facebook users terms renowned commercial center Tariq Road as “tariq road river”. © Zsuzsanna Fajcsak DrZsu

However, the Karachiites are heavy with the rain but the shower caused power breakdown in several areas. Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) said that the electricity was suspended in six percent area of the city but their technicians are busy to restore electric supply in the affected areas.

Pakistan’s met office says the scattered rain and thundershower with isolated heavy falls is also expected in Punjab including Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh including Karachi and Kashmir, while isolated rain thundershower in Gilgit Batistan and eastern Balochistan including Zhob, Kallat, Sibbi and Makran divisions.

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