At least 13 people were reportedly killed in separate rain-related incidents in the Twin Cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Wednesday. The weather department has stated that Rawalpindi alone has received almost 200 millimeters of rainfall today.
According to the details, as many as 13 people died as a result of roof or wall collapse during heavy rain in Islamabad and Rawalpindi today. The police stated that 12 people were killed when a wall of an under construction bridge collapsed near Golra Mor at Peshawar Road in Islamabad.
They added that the wall was 100-foot wide and 11-foot high, which laborers used to set a tent for their accommodation at the construction site. Meanwhile, an 11-year-old died when a wall collapsed in Mohammadi Town within the jurisdiction of Khanna Police Station of Islamabad.
In another rain-related incident, several people were injured when two buses crashed into each other while travelling on the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway after losing control due to slippery road amid the heavy rain in the Twin Cities.
As per the Met Office, Shamsabad received around 188 millimeters of rainfall, Chaklala 110 millimeters, Bokra 138 millimeters. Golra 102 millimeters, Zero-Point 98 millimeters, Kachahri 79 millimeters, Islamabad Airport 64 millimeters, and Saidpur 44 millimeters.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab, Mohsin Naqvi has ordered the Pakistan Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to drain water in low lying areas of Rawalpindi, which has received almost 200mm of rainfall.
He has also ordered emergency steps to be taken in this regard and progress report to be submitted at the PM Office. Meanwhile, Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has been put on high alert to deal with urban flooding as Rawalpindi and Islamabad experience heavy downpour.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast heavy monsoon rain in upper and central parts of the country from 18th to 23rd July 2023.