Heavy rains lash various parts of AJK

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Altaf Hamid Rao,

MIRPUR (AJK): With the forecast of heaviest rains of the season in various parts of Azad Jammu Kashmir on Monday, Intermittent monsoon rains played havoc in various parts of Azad Jammu Kashmir including Mirpur district since mid nightSunday after the areas lashed with heavy downpour intermittently, official sources said.
After a passenger wagon had swept away in sharp currents of a flash flooded stream leaving four people dead and 13 injured in Bhimbher district early hours on Sunday, authorities have directed the public transport and passengers travelling in the rains hit mountainous areas of Mirpur division to be alert and vigilant during travelling especially while passing through the cause ways of the seasonal flooded nullahs.
The rains caused partial loss to the material – especially in kachi abadis in various parts of the liberated territory , official sources confirmed.
Various parts of Mirpur district went into the grip of heavy intermittent torrential rains since the wee hours on Monday breaking the hot spell to a considerable extent besides turning various low-lying areas into ponds and seasonal nullahs flooded with rains water.
The rains affected the electricity, roads and telecommunication system in certain parts of the Mirpur division comprising Kotli, Mirpur and Bhimbher districts, according to the reports. There are also reports of uprooting of trees, hoardings and electricity poles at several places in Mirpur city and adjoining areas because of the wind storm which lasted for several hours. Several kacha houses were affected as well.
The laborers engaged in the construction work as well as the kiln owners were also considered to be the most affected community because of the heavy downpour. Reign of torrential rains is very much expected to resume during next 24 hours in the ground as well as the upper reaches of AJK.
When contacted local authorities told this correspondent here on Monday, that concerned field staff has been put on alert and vigilant to combat any eventuality during the just-started monsoon rains.

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