Thunderstorm in Pakistan, 13 killed


ISLAMABAD : Due to natural crises, thunderstorm and heavy rains in islamabad  at least 13 people were killed and over 100 others injured. According to police, a mother and two of her little daughters died when roof of their house caved in at Sector F-7. Two people were also killed in Bhara Kahu area due to incidents relating to the harsh weather. Five people were injured in a wall collapse incident in Islamabad’s adjacent city Rawalpindi. 40 injured were taken to Polyclinic and 10 to PIMS hostpital, rescue officials told Geo News.

Power supply to several areas in Islamabad was cut off. Affected areas include, I-8, I-9, Korang Town, and Shehzad Town. "The IESCO operation was affected due to the rains and thunderstorm," an IESCO spokesperson said. A fire broke out at a vegetable market when power cables fell on them due to thunderstorm. Fire brigade however reached the scene and launched efforts to extinguish the blaze in Islamabad.

According to reliable sources, flight operation was also suspended at the Benazir International Airport due to the storm in the federal capital.In addition, Metro bus service was also halted in Islamabad after strong winds broke windows of metro stations. The Inspector General (IG) Islamabad Police said police have been alerted in the wake of heavy rains and thunderstorm. According to reports, gusty winds blew at a speed of 148km/h and 120km/h in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, respectively. The storm lasted for 25 to 30 minutes at different places, a duration considered to be dangerous by weather experts.