LAHORE, Sept 9: Rescue 1122 and health authorities say almost a dozen people had died in two heavily rain-filled days on Saturday and Sunday in different Punjab districts in roof and wall collapse incidents. The rain affected cotton crop and washed away several roads exposing the quality of civic infrastructure.
In Lahore, a couple, Rehana, 35, and Latif, 37, were killed as the roof of their house in Gowalmandi collapsed during rain.
BAWAHAWALNAGAR: Three people died and 10 were injured in the district.
The heavy rains began on Saturday evening and were lashing the district till Sunday night. The rain claimed three lives and left 10 injured in two incidents.
According to Met office, 87 mm rain was recorded in the district.
In Chak Fateh 49 where the roof of the house of Gogan Bibi caved in, six-year-old Rukhsana and four-year-old Waseem died while Gogan Bibi was injured.
In Chak 27-G, the roof of the house of Allah Bakhsh collapsed wherein his 12-year-old son Ikram died while daughters Yasmin and Shabana and wife Allah Rakhi were injured. In Basti Qadirabad, Zainab was injured in a roof collapse, while Babar Ali, of Quresh Colony, was injured when his motorcycle he was driving slipped. Sixteen mud houses collapsed in Mari Shouq Elahi due to intermittent rains while Abdullah, Sajid, Allah Ditta and Amjad were injured.
The rain adversely affected standing crops, especially cotton, as according to District Agriculture Officer Munir Ahmad 10 per cent of the cotton crop was feared damaged.
VEHARI: Six people were injured in Vehari. Rafique and his wife Shakila, of 83-WB, were injured when the roof of their house collapsed. Two-year-old Abid Husain, son of Zahra, was injured in 11-WB when the wall of the house collapsed.
Imran and Sitara were injured in D-Block, Rescue 1122 reported.
Rains disrupted the routine life due to traffic snarls on roads and suspension of electricity supplies and telephone services. The rainwater inundated TMA offices on Sunday. The municipality that is responsible for draining out water from the city failed to clear its offices.
TMA administrator Ali Akbar Bhatti said the four disposal stations were functional and water would be drained out by Monday (today).
Also, hundreds of acres were under water in Burewala when the Pakpattan Link Canal developed two breaches. The first breach occurred in 5-L Link Canal near Chak 445-EB, and the second in PIL Link Canal near Chak 451-EB. Local residents said they believe that the heavy rains had weakened the canal banks leading to breaches.
The breaches which are 30 to 50 feet wide each have inundated the crops of cotton, paddy and vegetables on 10,000 acres.
Irrigation Sub-Divisional Officer Mian Farooq said that the department had launched the work to fill the rupture and would be complete by Monday (today).
RAHIM YAR KHAN: If intermittent rains were not enough to inundate the district, three breaches occurred in canals inundating crops.
Acting District Coordination Officer Syed Wajid Ali Shah told Dawn that a 15-foot breach in 7-R canal in Liaqatpur, a 30-foot breach in Abe Hayyat Canal and a 25-foot breach occurred in Adam Sahaba distributary in Rahim Yar Khan. He said ruptures were being plugged. The downpour started on Friday evening and continued on Saturday and Sunday turning the streets and roads into pools. Bazaars and markets remained closed on Saturday and Sunday. Three railway underpasses of the city were filled with rainwater. Mr Shah said the municipality had no mechanism for the immediate disposal of rainwater from underpasses.
MUZAFFARGARH: Two children died and a dozen were injured when the roof of a house collapsed in Sultan Colony near Bashir Kot in Muzaffargarh on Sunday.
The rains which had started on Friday continued on Sunday damaging dozens of mud houses in Shah Jamal, Basti Mashori and Kot Addu areas.
Mureed Husain, a police official of Sanawan, said that on Saturday night the a roof of the house of Ghulam Yaseen collapsed in Sultan Colony wherein Yaseen’s children Ali and Hafsa died while he and his wife were injured seriously. Rescue 1122 claimed that 123 people were injured and shifted to hospitals in the district roof collapse incidents.
In Shah Jamal, Basti Mashori and Kot Addu areas many roofs were damaged.
The rains put cotton on 450,000 acres at risk because of excessive rainwater accumulation in fields, said District Agriculture Officer Jamshed Sandhu. He said if the rains continued for another three or four days, the target of cotton crop would not be achieved and farmers would face huge losses.
Rains have also caused the shortage of vegetables and other essential supplies in cities and towns. Vegetable vendors have increased the rates of vegetables. On Sunday, potato was sold at Rs100 per kg against Rs60 per kg on Friday.
The cattle market in Shah Shams area of Multan remained closed on Sunday because of rainwater in the ground. Aslam Gaddi, a cattle trader, said if the market remained closed for another three or four days, there would be shortage of meat in the region.
People were also facing the shortage of dry wood.
MULTAN: The rain also disturbed the routine life of people in the city and its suburbs on Sunday as it forced them to stay indoors, APP reported.
Hundreds of houses were inundated which compelled residents to drain the rainwater. The rainwater also caused traffic mess in various areas, including Hussain Agahi, Arts Council, Tariq Road, Lodhi Colony Road, Nawan Shehr Chowk, general bus stand underpass, Chowk Kachehri, Dera Adda and Aziz Hotel.
The heavy rain demolished walls and roofs of several houses causing injuries to people.
According to local Met office, 148 mm rain was recorded from Sept 6 to 9. However, it remained 45 mm on Sunday. A woman died a roof collapse incident.