3 killed, 2 missing as monsoon rains continue to hit Pakistan

3 killed, 2 missing as monsoon rains continue to hit Pakistan
# 17 September 2012 22:49 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. At least three people were killed, two went missing and 15 kids got injured as monsoon rains continued to hit Pakistan in its northern, eastern and southern areas on Monday, said officials and local media, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Two children were reportedly washed away on Monday by flood water triggered by heavy rains in Rawalpindi, a sister city of the capital Islamabad in the country’s northern area. Several houses at the outskirts of Rawalpindi also reportedly collapsed in the rains.

Water level at Nullah Lai, a natural stream flowing through the city, rose sharply to 12 feet, four feet higher than the alarming level. Local government has issued a warning to the residents living along the stream as several low-lying areas have already been inundated.

Officials predicted the rains in Rawalpindi and Islamabad will continue until Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, in Faislabad, a city in Pakistan’s eastern province of Punjab, at least three people including two children were killed and several others injured as a house roof collapsed in the wake of downpours in the city.

In the southern province of Sindh, 15 kids were reportedly injured as a primary school classroom collapsed in the heavy rains.

According to a report published by Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority on Sunday, an estimated 217 people had been killed, 654 injured and 15,002 houses collapsed since the monsoon rains hit the country from Aug. 22.
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