Thunderstorm, rains kill 13 in Islamabad, KP

At least 13 people, including women and children, were killed and scores of others were wounded on Wednesday when heavy rainfall and deadly thunderstorm struck upper parts of country, according to a private TV channel.

According to reports reaching here, heavy downpour slammed federally administered tribal areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, causing widespread devastation. Rescuers said that four people, two of them women, were killed in Nowshehra and Jamrud towns of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. One child was reportedly killed in Charsadda.

At least eight people were killed and more than 50 were wounded in Islamabad. According to police, a mother and her two daughters were killed when the roof of their house collapsed in Margalla Town. One student died after wall of a local seminary collapsed in F-7 sector.

Another two people were killed in separate incidents of wall collapses. Rescue officials said that 40 people were brought to Polyclinic Hospital while 10 were shifted to PIMS Hospital. A fire broke out at a vegetable market in the capital city when power cables fell on it due to strong winds.

Fire brigade teams reached the scene and kicked off efforts to extinguish the blaze. According to aviation sources, flight operation was suspended at Benazir International Airport in Islamabad due to the bad weather. In addition, metro bus service was also halted in the capital after strong winds broke windows of metro stations.

There are reports of 21 people getting injured in various accidents caused by the storm in Attock and Rawalpindi districts of Punjab.-Business Recorder