ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/PESHAWAR - Heavy rains lashed various parts of the country playing havoc and claiming lives of at least 25 people including children and women in separate incidents of roof collapses, land sliding and road accidents.
Dozens of people were left injured. The rains and snow in mountainous areas of upcountry disrupted the road and communication links cutting several areas with rest of the country. Army and administration were alerted in the wake of likely flooding in Nullah Lai of Rawalpindi as rising water level inundated several low lying areas situated nearby.
As many as four people were killed and about 18 others injured as two-storey building of a marriage hall situated at Taxila Road collapsed. The rescue personnel dug out the bodies and injured from the debris and shifted them to hospital. More casualties were feared as condition of some more injured people was stated to be serious.
Four soldiers of Frontier Constabulary died and three others got serious injuries when roof of a checkpost collapsed in Mattni area in the outskirt of Peshawar on Monday.
According to SP Rural Shakir Bagash, four personnel of Frontier Constabulary were on duty inside Jani Khwat Checkpost when its roof caved in due to heavy rain. Soon after the incident, rescue teams and personnel of police rushed to the site to retrieve the bodies of the martyred soldiers.
They were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar where four of them were pronounced dead while three others were reportedly in serious condition. Those who died in the tragic incident were identified as Amjad, Tehzib Ali, Abid Ali and Fawad Ali.