Storm and heavy rains kill 13 in eastern Pakistan

14:21, June 05, 2010      

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Storm and heavy rains lashed in different areas of Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab on Friday, killing at least 13 people in separate incidents and causing suspension of power supply.

A private TV channel reported that 10 people were killed after a wall of a house and roof of another house collapsed in Lahore, the capital city of Punjab.

Two people were killed, three others injured in a wall collapse in Punjab's Gujranwala. The wall collapse of an old godown in Hafizabad area killed one and injured two. Casualties are feared in Sialkot after a building collapsed.

Storm in Lahore also destroyed the electric power system, 58 grid stations of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) has been tripped and different areas experienced loadshedding.

Meanwhile, cyclone Phet was heading towards Pakistan after hitting the coast of Oman, officials said Friday.

The storm is forecast to reenter the Arabian Sea late Friday or early Saturday before making a projected landfall near Karachi on Sunday.

"This severe tropical cyclone is expected to approach Pakistan coastal areas on Saturday evening and make landfall on Sunday, with maximum sustained winds of 100 to 120 kilometers per hour and an associated storm surge of 13 to 19 feet (4 to 5.8 meters)," local officials told media.

Source: Xinhua


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