Severe dust storm leaves 7 dead, 65 injured in Punjab, Pakistan

Severe dust storm leaves 7 dead, 65 injured in Punjab, Pakistan

A severe dust storm hit Pakistan's province of Punjab late Thursday, June 8, 2017, leaving at least 7 people dead and 65 injured.

The storm downed billboards, trees and power lines, disrupting life in the entire province, local media reported. According to the Dawn, winds associated with the storm in south Punjab were as high as 195 km/h (121 mph). Power supply to a majority of rural areas was not restored even after 24 hours of the storm.

At least 7 people were killed, including six in Bahawalnagar district alone. A minor girl and her family member died after outer walls of their house fell on them. Two people were killed when the minaret of a mosque collapsed. Another person, an unknown youth, was killed after strong winds knocked down live electricity wire, killing the person on spot.

According to The News, at least 65 people, many of them children and women, were injured as a furious storm hit the area. 

The administration declared an emergency in DHQ Hospital Bahawalnagar and called in all the doctors to tackle with a large number of injured.

According to the spokesperson for the DPO Bahawalnagar, the entire police force was on rescue – a process hampered by the suspension of power supply.

Featured image credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS. Acquired June 8, 2017.

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