TEHRAN (Press Shia) – At least 19 people are dead and scores more injured in the wake of heavy monsoon rains in the central Pakistani province of Punjab.
The heaviest rains seen in Lahore since 1980 continued into Wednesday, flooding streets and causing some residents to join small demonstrations against local authorities.
Rescue officials and police confirmed the death toll, saying most deaths were caused by electrocution and homes caving in, SBS News reported.
Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) put rescue and relief agencies on alert, warning that evacuations might be necessary, amid fears of flooding in the mountainous north of the country.
The authority warned of "low to medium" level flooding in Punjab province in the next 24 hours and in the northern areas.
Thousands of people die in South Asia every year when monsoon rains cause floods and heavy damage.