Peshawar rain kills 16, injures 50

* Rescue 1122 official says 12 ambulances and 40 rescuers are taking part in rescue operations

PESHAWAR: Fifteen people were killed and over 50 injured after downpour lashed the city on Friday, rescue service said.
“Initial reports say 11 people have died when buildings and roofs collapsed in old city and Peshawar suburbs,” Bilal Faizi, spokesperson for Rescue 1122, told Daily Times.
Cases of building collapses were reported from Lawane Baba, Nathan, Wazir Bagh, Lahore gate, Phandu and Dir colony.
Twelve ambulances and 40 rescuers were taking part in rescue operations, the spokesman said. He said wounded people were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital.
Peshawar Assistant Commissioner Mumtaz Ahmed confirmed the number of casualties.
People said that they felt stranded as entire KP cabinet, including Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, was busy with ‘Azadi March’ and so far no Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader could reach the spot or hospital to inquire after the injured and dead.
Rescuers are facing problems due to choked roads, and traffic jams and expressed fears that the death toll may increase.
Edhi sources said the death toll might be higher as the rescue workers were still busy in rescue activities.
Most of the casualties occurred after buildings and walls collapsed in Lewane Baba Nothia, Faqirabad, Wazri Bagh, Lahori Gate, Phandu, Barisko, Ladny Sarak, Dir Colony and other areas.
The families of the victims have castigated the authorities and the government for their irresponsible behaviour as still many people are stranded in collapsed houses and no one visited to hospital or the affected areas to assess the situation.
When contacted, the Peshawar deputy commissioner’s office said the patwaris concerned and revenue officers have been directed to assess the life and property losses. Deputy Commissioner Zaheerul Islam’s official statement said emergency was declared in all hospitals to meet any untoward incident due to further rains.

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