Over 20 killed in lightning, rain-related incidents

Over 20 killed in lightning, rain-related incidents

Peshawar/Lahore/Quetta: At least 24 people were killed in lightning strikes and rain-related incidents in Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as downpour continued to lash the three provinces.

In Punjab, 17 people, including children, died and five fell unconscious in lightning strikes in six districts of south Punjab.

In Balochistan, the death toll from lightning and rain-related incidents rose to eight after five more people were killed in Chaman and Dera Bugti areas.

Officials said three people were killed when lightning struck a village in Chaman.

In KP, two persons were killed and 10 others injured in rain-related incidents in Lower and Upper Chitral districts as heavy rain continued to lash large parts of the province.

Heavy rains damaged highways, roads and houses, disrupting traffic and forcing people to move to safe places.

According to a Met Office, weather is expected to be mainly cloudy with chances of light rain and isolated thunderstorms in some parts of country on Sunday.

However, weather is expected to be largely cloudy on Monday with maximum temperature ranging between 32-34 degrees Celsius, the advisory said.