At least 15 people, including two women and a child, were killed and 125 others were wounded on Wednesday when heavy rainfall and a deadly thunderstorm struck Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to reports, heavy downpour slammed Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, causing widespread devastation.
The casualties were mainly caused by falling trees, signboards and electricity poles and roof-collapse incidents. Damage to property has yet to be assessed.
Rescuers said that four people, two of them women, were killed in Nowshehra and Jamrud. One child was reportedly killed in Charsadda.
In Islamabad, a fire broke out at a vegetable market when power cables fell on it due to strong winds. Fire brigade reached the scene and launched efforts to extinguish the blaze.
Two people were killed after being crushed when walls collapsed in the federal capital.
According to aviation sources, flight operation was suspended at Benazir International Airport in Islamabad due to the bad weather.
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.
In addition, Metro bus service was also halted in the capital after strong winds broke windows of metro stations.
There are reports of 21 people getting injured in various accidents caused by the storm in Attock and Rawalpindi districts of Punjab.