PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD/LAHORE - Six children among nine people were killed and 15 others sustained injuries in rain-related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fata and others parts of the country yesterday, as heavy showers played havoc and brought life to a standstill.

Widespread rains also caused urban flooding, massive traffic jams and frequent power outages across the country.

According to the Met Office, the highest rainfall of 180 mm was recorded in Malam Jabba. More than one foot snowfall was recorded at Mataltan, Osho, Atror and Kalam, upper parts of KP. The constant rains not only brought life to a standstill, but also made weather chilly. The rains could cause flash flooding in Hazara and Malakand divisions of the KP as the Met office said the present rainy spell would persist till Monday morning while another spell was expected to start from Wednesday.

As per the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, a 12-year old girl died and three other members of her family sustained injuries when roof of their house caved in due to heavy rain in Tank district. Likewise, a child lost his life and three other people were injured when roof of their house collapsed due to rain in Lakki Marwart district of the KP.

In Mohmand Agency, a man identified as Hakim Khan died when roof of his home caved in at Chingi Koroona in Lakro area of the agency. Similarly, in Khyber Agency, at least five people including four children were killed in three separate incidents of roofs caved in because of heavy rains in Aka Khel and Ber Kamber Khel areas of the agency.

In Aka Khel, roof of the house of Malal caved in killing his wife on the spot and also wounding three children. At Kalanga area of Aka Khel, roof of the home of Mohammad Amin collapsed which killed his three children while the fourth one sustained injuries.

In Sur Kas area of Ber Kamber Khel, a girl was killed in a roof collapse happening. The wounded were shifted to Peshawar hospital for medical treatment.

Likewise, in Mardan district, at least four women were critically injured, when roof of a dilapidated house located at Gulshanabad village in Lundkhwar area fell on them. Locals recovered the injured women from the debris of the house and shifted to Mardan Medical Hospital for treatment. The injured women were identified as Riyasat Bibi, Sana Bibi, Nihara Bibi and Bano Bib. Meanwhile in Rawalpindi, a 6-year-old girl drowned in overflowing seasonal nullah at Salmanabad during torrential rain, Rescue 1122 informed media yesterday.

The victim girl was identified as Haleema Bibi daughter of Hakeem. Rescue 1122 divers immediately conducted a search operation to find the girl but stopped it due to darkness.

According to Rescue 1122 spokesman, a shopkeeper told the family of the girl that Haleema was standing near the Nullah when she fell into it and drowned. Torrential rain in twin cities also flooded the Nullah passes through Salmanabad, an area near IJP Road, the precinct of Police Station (PS) Westridge, he said.

The heavy rains which continued on second consecutive day dropped the mercury considerably. Rains and snowfall troubled the inhabitants especially the school-going children as their annul examinations had started from the last week at all the government girls and boys schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The rainwater flowing on roads in most parts of the KP created problems for the pedestrians, government employees and children. The Lawari Top and other mountain peaks again wore white blanket. Due to intense rain the water table was rising in Panjkora and other small rivers.

According to Met Office, widespread rain-thundershower accompanied by strong gusty winds is expected in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions and Fata as well. In the prevailing situation, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has warned that heavy showers were expected over upper parts of KP in next 24 hours, which could trigger flash flooding in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan and Kohat divisions. NDMA in its advisory has asked PDMA and other relevant departments to ensue precautionary measures and safeguards.

The KP irrigation department has been asked for quick response in case of flash flooding. The PDMA has issued alert about flash floods due to continuous rains in different areas of the KP. People living near the river banks and seasonal nullahs have been advised to be careful.

Rains disturbed normal routine life in major cities including Lahore as the rainwater inundated roads not only in low-lying areas but also in several posh localities. Inundated rainwater and slippery conditions of roads caused massive traffic jams in urban areas. The rains, however, made weather pleasant.

In Lahore, the rains started last evening and continued intermittently throughout the day. Steady rains submerged roads in water, causing huge inconvenience to the motorists and pedestrians. The situation was worse along the route of under construction Orange Line Metro Train.

Wet conditions and strong winds caused tripping of over two dozen Lesco feeders, plunging portion of Lahore in darkness. People in northern Lahore and other less developed areas saw hours-long consecutive outages due to wet and windy conditions.

People came out of the houses in the evening to enjoy pleasant change in weather. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people including women and children. Huge rush was witnessed at Racecourse Park, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Jallo Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Lahore Zoo and other picnic spots in the city.

Experts said the Westerly wave is affecting upper and central parts of the country and likely to persist till 36 to 38 hours. A fresh Westerly wave is likely to approach Balochistan and upper parts of the country Wednesday.

Local meteorological department has forecast widespread rain-thundershower accompanied by strong gusty winds (with isolated hailstorm) for Kashmir, Islamabad, upper Punjab (Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions), upper KP (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions), FATA, at scattered places in Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, DG Khan divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan and at isolated places in Bahawalpur, Quetta, Zhob, Bannu and DI Khan divisions during the next 24 hours.

Scattered heavy downpour at times very heavy is expected in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions), FATA, Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, DG Khan divisions during the period. Heavy downpours may generate urban/flash flooding in upper KP (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions), FATA, DG Khan, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Lahore divisions and Kashmir during next 48 hours.

Land sliding may occur in vulnerable areas of Hazara division and Kashmir during the period.