Six die in Lahore monsoon heavy downpours


Streets flooded, NDMA sends out alert
Staff Reporter


At least six people have lost their lives in monsoon downpours that have caused the streets of Lahore to flood, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Tuesday.
Of the six who died in Lahore, four passed away due to electrocution while two others lost their lives after being buried under the debris of collapsed buildings.
A large sinkhole has also appeared on the Mall Road near DPO Chowk. It has filled with rainwater and it is feared that the water may affect the underground Orange Line Metro station nearby.
The destruction has been caused by heavy downpours that dumped 177 millimetres of rainwater on the city over the past 24 hours.
In light of the situation, the NDMA has also sent out a monsoon alert, warning that more rainfall is expected in the next 48 to 72 hours.
According to the NDMA, there may be flooding in the River Ravi and areas connected to it. The alert has also said that there may be some urban flooding in Rawalpindi as well.
The rain, which is still continuing, resulted in 200 electricity feeders trip
In city, plugging different areas into darkness. Accoring to Lahore Electricity Supply Company officials work is underway to bring feeders back home.
Irked citizens were quick to remind former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif about his claims that his government has turned Lahore into Paris.
“Finally Shahbaz Sharif succeeded in making Lahore into a European city. But its Venice, not Paris.”
Shahbaz Sharif, on the other hand, tweeted that he would be cancelling his meeting with the workers convention in Kasur due to “incessant rain” and that that he hopes “that the caretaker administration is taking care of you in such torrential rains.”
Punjab Caretaker CM Hassan Askari, while visiting affected parts of Lahore, told the media that a committee will be formed to find out what caused the sinkhole at DPO Chowk. “Whoever is found responsible will be held accountable,” CM Askari said while adding that the previous government is responsible for the chaos that has ensued because of the rains.

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