In Punjab, twenty seven people have been reported dead and thirty one injured so far during the recent rain flooding, buildings or their roofs collapses and power short-circuiting.

A spokesman of the Punjab Rescue Service, 1122, told Radio Pakistan’s correspondent in Lahore, that the badly rain-affected areas, where these causalities occurred, are Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Kasur, Okara and Faisalabad.

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif visited different rain affected areas in Lahore on Thursday night and inspected the dewatering work regarding the rain water.      

He directed special instructions to the WASA and the district administration to clear the rain water from the low-lying areas so as to mitigate the people’s sufferings and ensure a smooth flow of traffic in the city.  

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Punjab has announced a financial assistance of five hundred thousand rupees for the heirs of each killed and one hundred thousand rupees for each serious injured.

Condolences over loss of lives

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif have condoled the death of the victims of rain-related incidents in different parts of the Punjab province and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

In their separate condolence messages, they expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of rain victims and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families.

They assured full support of the government to the affected families.

In his message, the Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to carry out relief and rescue operation in the rain affected areas.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad has also expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of life and property in various rain-related incidents in Punjab.

High flood in River Chenab

A high flood level is being witnessed in River Chenab at Marala Headworks, with the total water flow of four lac seventy two thousand cusecs at present.

The District Administration has issued flood warning and local people are being evacuated from the sensitive areas.

Pak Army has already been called in to assist the district administration in Sialkot and Narowal areas.

High flood at Qadirabad Headworks

According to Flood Warning Centre in Lahore, a high flood level is being witnessed at Qadirabad Headworks at Hafizabad at present, with the water flow of two lac seventy two thousand cusecs, which may rise upto five lac cusecs tonight.

Flood Emergency has been declared in the area and all employees on leave have been called back.

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