Heavy rain, thunderstorm lash parts of Pakistan (as of 6 June 2016)

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Heavy rain, thunderstorm

Heavy rainfall and deadly windstorms hit Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore and some other parts of the country on 1st June 2016 which claimed at least 15 lives and left 173 injured. Besides uprooting poles, sign boards trees of all major avenues and link roads, the catastrophic storm caused huge damage to moving and parked cars and damage to housing infrastructure. Electricity and communication system throughout the twin cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi and most parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa faced serious disruption. According to Pakistan Metrological department, the storm had intensity over 148km/h and 120km/h in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, respectively. Weather experts examined that the wind storm was dangerous as it lasted for 25 to 30 minutes at different places. DG PMD, Ghulam Rasul said that the Storm originate from Chitral and enter into Islamabad and Rawalpindi passing through Dir, Sawat, Mardan and Charsadda. The storm claimed 8 lives in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and left 133 injured. The Metro bus station’s roof at the 6th Road, Rawalpindi was blown away and the bus service was suspended. The flight operation at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad was also suspended and flights were diverted to Lahore instead of Islamabad due to the windstorm. Windstorm followed by heavy rain claimed 7 lives in Peshawar and other tribal areas of KP and left 40 injured.
Several walls and roofs collapsed while trees fell due to the heavy rain and storm.