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Heavy rain kills 15, injures 75 in Pakistan’s Lahore

Islamabad, At least 15 people have been killed and 75 others injured in rain-related incidents in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, local media reported.

Fifteen-hour long spell of heavy rain inundated most of the city parts, including residential areas, commercial localities, roads, hospitals, markets, graveyards, public parks, etc.

Water entered thousands of houses and boats were used to evacuate people in distress and a large number of flights were cancelled at Lahore airport.

The Water and Sanitation Authority has also imposed an emergency in the city following the rain-related incidents.

Incessant showers also led to power outages. According to reports, over 300 electric feeders tripped in Lahore alone. Citizens have reportedly faced traumatic losses in property as waters up to three feet pooled up in the houses.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), parts of Punjab, especially Lahore, will continue to experience the downpour.

In addition to that, the authority has also sent out a monsoon alert, warning that more rainfall is expected in the next 48 to 72 hours.

As a result of the heavy showers, there may be flooding in the River Ravi and areas connected to it, the authority warned, adding that there may be some urban flooding in Rawalpindi city as well.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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