Situation Alert: Heavy rains claim 31 lives across Punjab

Situation Alert: Heavy rains claim 31 lives across Punjab

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Background:

At least 31 people died in rain-related incidents across Punjab since Wednesday night, police and rescue sources said.

Fifteen deaths were reported from Lahore and a total of seven from the districts of Sialkot and Gujranwala.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced 500,000 rupees (USD 4,850) in aid for the deceased persons and 100,000 rupees (USD 970) in aid for those who were injured in monsoon rains.

The current spell is being generated by the first well-marked low pressure of the monsoon season that is moving toward Pakistan via Indian Rajasthan, moist current from the Bay of Bengal, and a trough of westerly wave persisting over northern parts of the country.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department sent out a warning that all rivers in Punjab would likely be in “very high” to “exceptionally high” flood from September 5 to 7 because of expected intensification of the current spell of fairly widespread rains reported from various parts of the country.

CWS-P/A Response:

CWS-P/A is currently monitoring the situation. CWS-P/A’s emergency response team is on standby and shall begin relief activities if the need arises.

Sources:

www.dawn.com

www.dailytimes.com.pk