Constant Downpour Kills Eight, Causes Widespread Damage

As rain poured down for the second consecutive day, a building collapsed in Wah Cantt on Monday killing eight and leaving four others, who were trapped under the rubble, injured. 

Those killed include four children and an elderly man, not yet identified.

Constant downpour

The two-storey residential building was constructed next to a drainage line which overflowed in the two-day downpour that began on Sunday. Rescue teams from Taxila, Wah and Attock were called to cut through the mangled heap of concrete and steel. They had pulled out two bodies and rescued four injured children by the time this report was filed. The building is located in a narrow alley, inaccessible to heavy machinery. Darkness and heavy rainfall slowed down rescue work. 

According to sources, the rescue operation to extricate those trapped under the rubble was carried out with the help of Pakistan Army personnel. Meanwhile, heavy rainfall wrecked havoc in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, inundating low-lying areas and causing widespread damage to buildings in various parts of the city. Local administration issued flood warnings as Leh Nullah rose to 15 feet at Gawalmandi Bridge and 12 feet at Kattarian Bridge. Sirens were sounded to alert people around the nullah to move to higher grounds.