Torrential Rain and Lightning Devastate Pakistan
Severe weather conditions struck Pakistan ahead of the monsoon season, resulting in tragic consequences. The country experienced heavy rainfall accompanied by lightning strikes, which claimed the lives of 12 people and left 15 others injured during the early hours of Monday. The devastating effects were felt in various regions, causing disruptions and chaos.
1. Impact on Punjab
In Punjab, specifically in the regions of Narowal, Pasrur, Sheikupura, and Sialkot, lightning strikes were responsible for the deaths of 10 individuals, including children. Seven others sustained injuries in these incidents. The abrupt and powerful nature of these lightning strikes caught the victims by surprise, leading to this unfortunate loss of life.
Furthermore, Lahore, the capital of Punjab, faced heavy rainfall that resulted in power outages. Approximately 150 power feeders were disrupted, leaving the city grappling with interrupted electricity supply. The excessive rain also caused flooding on roads, exacerbating the situation for the residents.
2. Devastation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province witnessed a tragic incident in Buner’s Takhta Band village, where a woman lost her life due to a collapsed house. Six others sustained injuries in the same incident. The force of the heavy rain weakened the structural integrity of the house, leading to its collapse. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of communities during severe weather conditions.
Moreover, other areas within Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, such as Shabqadar, Swat, Charsadda, Mansehra, Lower Dir, Swabi, and North Waziristan, also experienced heavy rainfall. The continuous downpour resulted in localized flooding, causing inconvenience and distress for the affected residents.
3. Flooding in Balochistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Balochistan’s Shela Bagh, Toba Achakzai, Musa Khel, Ziarat Valley, Noshki, and Washuk witnessed flooding in streams due to the heavy rainfall. These regions were particularly susceptible to the overflow of streams and rivers, leading to waterlogging and potential damage to infrastructure.
Additionally, cities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, including Muzaffarabad, experienced substantial rainfall. The precipitation contributed to the overall volume of water, adding to the challenges faced by the residents in these areas.
4. Weather Alert and Forecast
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a weather alert as moist air currents from the Arabian Sea entered the upper and central parts of the country, coinciding with a westerly wave on June 25. This weather system is expected to bring intermittent rain, strong winds, and thunderstorms to various areas from the night of June 24 to June 30. Heavy downpours are also anticipated in some regions, intensifying the risk of flooding and other related hazards.
The recent heavy rainfall and lightning strikes in Pakistan have had devastating consequences, resulting in the loss of lives, injuries, power outages, and infrastructure damage. The affected regions, including Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, are currently struggling to cope with the aftermath of these severe weather conditions. It is crucial for the authorities to take immediate action in terms of disaster preparedness, infrastructure development, and public awareness to minimize the impact of such events in the future.