At least 25 die in rain-related incidents across Punjab
LAHORE: At least 25 people died on Thursday in rain-related incidents across Punjab. At least six of a family died when the roof of their residence caved in in Lahore's Mozang Town. Two women were among the dead when the roof of the dilapidated house collapsed in Mozang's Chah Meeran. Also, a labourer was injured when a two-storey building under construction collapsed in the provincial capital's Johar Town. A rescue operation was underway in the area. The heavy downpour has resulted in the inundation of many low-lying areas in Lahore. Moreover, four people, including two children, were killed in separate incidents of roof collapse in the Godhpur and Green Town areas of Sialkot as a result of torrential rains. Three people died when the roof of a house collapsed in the town of Kamoki in Gujranwala district. Schedules of flights and trains has also been affected as a result. The deaths come as the Pakistan Meteorological Department warned that all rivers in Punjab would likely be in “very high” to “exceptionally high” flood from Sept 5 to 7 because of expected intensification of the current spell of fairly widespread rains reported from various parts of the country. The current spell is being generated by the first well-marked low pressure of the monsoon season that is moving towards Pakistan via Indian Rajasthan, moist current from the Bay of Bengal and a trough of westerly wave persisting over northern parts of the country.
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