Monsoon rains claim 19 lives across Pakistan

19:28, July 21, 2010      

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The much desired overnight string of monsoon rains brought respite from the sultry heat but took a toll of at least 19 lives across Pakistan, as the world experienced the hottest month of June ever, local media reported Wednesday.

The incidents of death occurred mainly due to electrocution, roof collapse, tripping into sewerage manholes, traffic accidents and floods caused by rains, which were recorded over 100 millimeters in some parts of the country so far.

Some 70 houses were collapsed in the overnight torrential rains in Bannu, northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, whereas rain water flooded low lying areas in Punjab province cities of Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore and others. Several villages have also been washed away by rain floods in the terrorism hit Mohmand agency in the northwest tribal areas of Pakistan.

The meteorological office has predicted more rains in next 48 hours in different parts of the country. The much needed rain would refill the water reservoirs as they are touching down the dead level. Pakistan is one of the countries where access to potable water is a serious issue. In the aired zones of the country water table has drastically been going down which requires more rains to recharge it.

In the power hungry Pakistan, which is facing a 4,500 Mega Watts shortage of electricity, rains have adversely affected the fragile electricity distribution system exposing people to electrocution, as five people were electrocuted in Lahore mostly children while another died of electric shock in Sargodha.

In June, two people were killed and another 36 injured in a tropical storm and torrential rains in south Pakistan, while rains took 13 lives across the country in February.

Monsoon rains killed 26 people and injured over hundred in Pakistan in July 2009.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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