Published On: Thu, Jun 2nd, 2016

Fifteen dead, 100 hurt as gusty winds lash twin cities, K-P



PESHAWAR / ISLAMABAD: At least 15 people were killed and 125 injured Wednesday night when a powerful windstorm, accompanied by rain, swept through the twin cities and parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, felling trees, electricity pylons and hoardings, damaging houses and suspending power supply to several neighbourhoods.

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The hardest hit were the twin cities where at least nine people were killed, while six died in different cities of K-P, according to police and medics. The casualties were mainly caused by falling trees, signboards and electricity poles and roof-collapse incidents. Damage to property has yet to be assessed.

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Gusty winds blew at a speed of 148km/h and 120km/h in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, respectively. The storm lasted for 25 to 30 minutes at different places – a duration considered to be dangerous by weather experts.

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Normally, such powerful storms fizzle out within 10 to 15 minutes in this region, said a source in the Met Office.

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Several domestic flights at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport were either delayed or suspended.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology