Islamabad: At least 55 people have been killed across Pakistan due to heavy rains that triggered floods and rain-related accidents.
The heavy monsoon downpour started on Wednesday and is still raining in some areas of Punjab province and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The Dawn reported today that so far 52 people and three soldiers were killed and over 90 others injured in the country.
A number of cities received over 130 millimetres of rain.
The Met department said the current monsoon system was likely to weaken this morning, but till then it would continue to generate torrential rain.
The system is likely to persist for another 48 hours.
Rescue 1122 said that 16 people, three women among them, were killed in Lahore as rain levelled houses in different areas of the city.
Five people were killed in Faisalabad, six in Gujranwala, five in Sialkot, four in Kasur, three in Khanewal, two in Okara and one in Sheikhupura when roofs of their houses collapsed. The deaths in Kasur were caused by electrocution.
In PoK, three soldiers and seven civilians were killed in landslides and flash floods which ravaged the mountainous region.
Several vehicles were washed away in the torrent.
Rain in Lahore started on Wednesday afternoon and continued uninterrupted till yesterday morning. It inundated the entire city. The Met office recorded 183 mm of rain at its Jail Road office and 171 mm at the airport from 8am on Wednesday to 8am on Thursday. The average rainfall was 155 mm.
In PoK, Palandri was the worst-hit town, as it received 313 mm of rain in 24 hours.
A peak of 467,000 cusecs passed through the Marala dam on the Chenab river in the night.
The water level in the river is expected to rise further over the next 24 hours, threatening low-lying areas of Sialkot and Gujranwala regions.
There are also chances of spillovers or breaches at vulnerable places and high to very high floods in nullahs of Ravi and Chenab rivers in the Sialkot region.