Heavy downpour claims 6 lives, paralyses Pakistan's twin cities

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-07 22:57:37|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ISLAMABAD, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Torrential monsoon downpour lashed Pakistan's capital city Islamabad and the neighboring Rawalpindi and claimed lives of at least six people while paralyzing normal life in the cites, local media reported Wednesday.

According to reports, four members of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed due to dilapidated condition Tuesday night, causing rainwater to enter their house in Rawalpindi.

In another case, two bodies were found in the suburbs of Islamabad after they were swept away by the rainwater.

Heavy rains also caused flooding in several low-laying areas of Rawalpindi and submerged many roads and flyovers, disrupting normal life. The city administration has declared "rain emergency" after heavy monsoon showers on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted that the second spell of heavy monsoon rain will start from Friday and last till Monday in the next week in most parts of the country.

Monsoon season in Pakistan generally lasts between July and September. The season is responsible for some of the worst floods in the country's history.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority Pakistan, at least 83 people were killed and 74 others injured in separate rain-related accidents across Pakistan in the month of July.