ISLAMABAD/KARACHI - At least 23 people were killed and several others injured while scores of houses collapsed as heavy rains wreaked havoc in parts of the country, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Sindh on Wednesday.

The flood, caused by a heavy rainfall in the country’s northern area, swept away 17 people in AJK while two other people were killed in separate incidents of roof collapses.

The incident occurred in Machyara, a town 40 kilometres away from Muzaffarabad, when the flood swept away 17 people including four children and four women. Four bodies have been recovered while search for the other missing was under way.

Police confirmed the death of 13 people; however, it is said all the 17 people have died. In another incident in the same area, a child was also died in a lightning strike during the rain.

One person was killed in Thatta when the roof of a house caved in due to heavy rainfall while another incident of roof collapse occurred in Faisalabad city of Punjab, killing one person and injuring another. Reports of injuries due to accidents caused by the rainfall were also received from several parts of the country.

The weather also turned pleasant as Karachi received heavy shower as easterly winds lashed the metropolis and are expected to remain here till Sunday.

The sun remained behind clouds most of the day and the mercury slid a couple of degrees centigrade on the scale.

However, the Karachiites are heavy with the rain but the shower caused power breakdown in several areas. Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) said that the electricity was suspended in six per cent area of the city but their technicians are busy to restore electric supply in the affected areas.

The met office says the scattered rain and thundershower with isolated heavy falls is also expected in Punjab including Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh including Karachi and Kashmir, while isolated rain thundershower in Gilgit-Baltistan and eastern Balochistan including Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi and Makran divisions.

Meanwhile, four children died as roof of a dilapidated house collapsed in Sector G-12 of the federal capital.

According to details, Iqbal Afghani a resident of a slum in the Mera Abadi area of Sector G-12 of capital city was busy repairing the roof of his mud-and-stone-made house to stop the leakage of rain water in residential room but the dilapidated roof could abide the burden of extra soil and caved in.

On Wednesday, Balakot received 151 mm rain, Thatta 77 mm, Garidupatta 54 mm, Murree 42 mm, Muzaffarabad 38 mm, Karachi (Faisal) 35 mm, Shorkot 31 mm, Pattan 30 mm, Benazirabad 28 mm, Sahiwal 25 mm, Saidu Sharif 25 mm, RawalAkot 22 mm, Malamjabba 19 mm, Faisalabad 17 mm, Lahore (Jail Road) 15, Jhelum and Badin 14 mm each, Bunji, Karachi (Airport), Khuzdar and Sibbi 11 mm each, Mirpurkhas 10 mm, Rahim Yar Khan 09 mm, D G Khan 08 mm, Mangla, Kotli and Chhor 07 mm each, Hunza and Astor 06 mm each, Kakul, Mandi Bahauddin and Dir 05mm each, Gilgit 03 mm, Chitral 02 mm and Islamabad 01 mm of rain.

23 dead in countrywide heavy rains