Lightning strikes kill 12 across Punjab

LAHORE: At least 12 people were killed by lightning strikes in different cities of Punjab during the last 24 hours.

The incidents occurred in different cities of Punjab after pre-monsoon rains started to fall across the country from June 25.

In Sialkot, a total of five people lost their lives due to the lightning strikes. The loss of lives has sent shockwaves throughout the city, with residents grappling to come to terms with the unfortunate incident.

Meanwhile, at least four individuals fell victim to the lightning in tehsil Shakargarh and Zafar Waal in the Narowal district. At least four others sustained injuries during the rain-related incidents in the Narowal district.

Sheikhupura also witnessed multiple rain-related incidents at separate locations. In the village of Mandiala Warkan, a person seeking refuge in a buffalo enclosure met a tragic end after lightning struck the cattle pen.

In a cemetery in Chak Shahpur, three individuals who had taken refuse amidst the gravestones also fell victim to the lightning. At least one of them lost his life, while two others were injured in the incident.

The lightning also struck various locations in Punjab including Changowali, Panj Pir, Ratia Khurd and Kangowali, leaving the local population in a state of panic.

Meanwhile, a fire broke out at the Sharqpur Road grid station caused by the lightning strike. The swift response from rescue personnel helped contain the flames and avert further damage to the grid station.

The sudden downpour has also resulted in flooding in rivers and canals. As rain continues to fall in certain parts of the affected cities, the situation remains precarious.

The loss of 12 lives due to lightning strikes has left families shattered and communities in mourning. The devastating events serve as a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of weather patterns and the need for preparedness in the face of such calamities.

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