LAHORE - At least ten people were rescued safely almost an hour after they were swept away by flash flood in River Ravi on Tuesday evening, police and rescue workers said.

Eyewitnesses said that several people were on picnic tour in the river near Suggian Bridge, when, all of a sudden, some of them were swept away by deluge. A rescue worker said that at least ten people were swept away by a flash flood for at least one kilometre-long distance. Police personnel and rescuers immediately launched an operation, however, all the ten people survived luckily as the intensity of the deluge slowed down.

They were later identified as Abdullah, 25; Aslam, 30; Abdul Qayyum, 42; Yousaf, 25; Aslam, 45; Sarfraz, 25; Nasir, 24; Ateequr Rehman, 28; Ramazan, 50; and Azam, 35.

The incidents created panic on the river bank where hundreds of people were on usual picnic tour, as rescuers and ambulances were seen racing towards the site.

Nabbed: Lahore police claimed on Tuesday to have smashed a gang of motorcycle-lifters by arresting three of its members. Police also recovered three stolen motorcycles and a pistol from their possession. A police spokesperson said that a team headed by the Misri Shah SHO raided at a house and arrested three motorcycle-lifters. They were identified as Qadeer, Imran, and Amir Abbas. Further investigations are underway.