LAHORE: Around 105 people were killed, 250 injured in devastating rains, which continued for three days i.e. Wednesday to Friday last, and subsequent floods throughout Punjab province, the Punjab Emergency Service (PES) confirmed to APP here Sunday.
Elaborating the rescue operations in the rain and flood hit areas of the province, the PES spokesman said that 8000 rescuers using 300 boats and other latest equipment, were busy in evacuating and shifting the stranded people to safer places. So far, he added, over 7,000 flood-hit people have been saved in various districts including 1505 in Mandi Bahauddin, 1467 in Hafizabad, 1143 in Sialkot, 710 in Gujranwala, 616 in Narowal, 300 in Chiniot, 217 in Jehlum, 125 in Sheikhupura and 107 in Lahore.
To a question, he said that heavy downpour played havoc particularly in districts of Narowal, Sialkot, Sheikhupura, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat, Jehlum and Jhang. He said that most of the casualties were because of roof collapse, electrocution and road accidents. Hundreds of acres of agricultural land flooded thus damaging standing crops and scores of villages cut off with nearby cities/town and other safer places, he added.
The teams of Pakistan Army, the PES, Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab Health Department and respective NGOs were providing food, medicines and other essential items to the affected people, he maintained.
While, the PES ambulances shifted 250 people with severe injuries to hospitals in respective districts of Punjab, he said, adding that PES teams were working day and night to rescue the affected people, while their official leaves have also been cancelled due to floods and forecast of more rains in Punjab.
To another question, he said that 24 people were killed and 75 injured in rain-related incidents in the provincial metropolis.