Death toll rises to 69 as rains continue to wreak havoc in Punjab, Kashmir

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758145-flooddfghdfh-1409893651-594-640x480LAHORE: As rain continued to wreak havoc in Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the death toll from 30 hours of continuous downpour rose to 69 on Thursday, Express News reported. The calamity has claimed 57 lives in Punjab and 12 in Kashmir.

MET authorities had warned yesterday that the downpour will go on for the next few days.

A report given to the Indus River Commission – which comprises Indus, Jhelum and Chenab rivers – confirmed that 0.9million cusecs of water has entered Pakistan.

The Pakistan Army has asked people to vacate their homes, taking with them their personal and expensive items, as roofs continue to collapse – main cause of deaths so far.

One man was killed while another was trapped under the rubble of a collapsed house after a rock fell on it due to a landslide in Rawalpindi. Rescuers are currently trying to remove the trapped person to safety.

A Pakistan Army soldier drowned in a flash flood while rescuing residents in Sialkot. Siar Khan was part of a unit which has come from Gujranwala to help the rain-affected people.

Traffic in Lahore also came to a standstill due to the monsoon rains and residents were confined to their homes. Metro bus service to Gulberg was also suspended as roads in the area were completely flooded.

Economic activity at Lakshmi Chowk, the bustling main centre of Lahore, also came to a halt. Rain water further made its way in to all the underpasses in the city.

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In Muzaffarabad, two roads which connect the city to the rest of Pakistan have been blocked because of landslides.

Several houses have come down, many people have been injured and more have been made homeless due to the current weather situation. Phone connectivity has also been disrupted in the region.

Further, in Hajira, a small town in Azad Kashmir, up to 500 locals are trapped between a landslide and flash floods. There is around 600 millimeters of rain in the area, making it all the more difficult for the people trying to escape.

The residents have tried to use tractor trolleys to make way out of the town but the attempts have proved futile.

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