Heavy rains in Pakistan claim 22 lives

Heavy rains in several areas of Pakistan claimed 22 lives and destroyed crops even as the surging waters of the Jammu Tavi River inundated 85 villages in the Sialkot area of Punjab province.

Updated: Aug 13, 2011, 23:43 PM IST

Islamabad: Heavy rains in several areas of
Pakistan claimed 22 lives and destroyed crops even as the
surging waters of the Jammu Tavi River inundated 85 villages
in the Sialkot area of Punjab province on Saturday.

The deaths were reported from Sindh, Punjab and
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
following heavy rains.

The Disaster Management Authority said most of the
casualties occurred in Sindh, where torrential rains wreaked
havoc in several districts on Thursday.

Fifteen people died in Mirpurkhas while two children were
killed in Sanghar when roofs of houses caved in.

The rains also destroyed cotton and other crops in Sindh.

In Lahore, a boy was killed and five persons were injured
after roofs of houses collapsed during torrential rains
yesterday.

The Flood Forecasting Division in Lahore said river flows
might rise because widespread rain was expected in catchment
areas.

At least 85 villages were flooded due to overflow in the
Jammu Tavi river in Sialkot, reports said.

Road links to the villages were snapped by the flood
waters, which also destroyed crops and marooned a large number
of people.

Officials claimed the level of the Chenab river had risen
after India allegedly released 85,000 cusecs of water from
Akhnoor dam yesterday.

Heavy monsoon rains that lashed Swabi district in
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa today caused flash floods in some areas and
destroyed standing crops.

The flood waters entered houses, inundated low-lying areas
and submerged roads.

The Federal Flood Commission said the Chenab and Kabul
rivers were in low and medium flood, respectively, while the
flow in all other major rivers, including the Indus, Jhelum,
Ravi and Sutlej, was normal.

PTI