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PAKISTAN: Heavy rains claim 17 lives, leave at least 49 injured in Punjab

AT least 17 people lost their lives on Thursday while 49 others were injured in multiple incidents of roof and wall collapses across Punjab as rains continued to batter parts of the province for a second consecutive day.

Detailing the deaths, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said in a statement that four people — including three children under the age of 10 — were killed in Lahore after the roof of a house near the Bandianwala bridge in the city’s Amar Sidhu area collapsed due to heavy rainfall.

In a separate incident, 14 people were injured as a wall of the Government Mozang Teaching Hospital, adjoining a neighbouring building, collapsed. They were shifted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

According to the PDMA, six deaths were reported in Gujranwala after a “weak wooden structure” inside a three-storey house collapsed. In similar incidents, three people each were killed in Chakwal and Sheikhupura while one person each died in Jhang and Faisalabad.

It said 32 people across the province had sustained severe injuries in multiple rain-related incidents. “They have been moved to the hospital and are being provided medical aid.”

The PDMA added that it was monitoring the situation from its provincial control room and was in contact with the administration.

In Lahore, the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) Monsoon Control Room recorded the highest amount of rainfall at the Nishtar Town director office at 65mm, followed by the Johar Town SDO office at 57mm and Lakshmi Chowk at 38mm.

The locations which received the least amount of rainfall were Upper Mall at 3.5mm, the Mughalpura SDO office at 5mm and the airport area at 5.5mm.

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