QUETTA - Four workers Monday drowned after rainwater entered coalmines while 300 houses were destroyed due to downpour in Balochistan. Two bodies were retrieved while the search for the missing was on. Reportedly, a passenger bus, a trawler and five cars were also swept away.

Flood emergency was declared as Quetta, Dalbandin, Loralai, Mastung, Kalat, Nushki, Kharan and Panjgor received heavy rain, according to the Met Office.

In Peshawar, three members of a family died as the roof of their home collapsed in Sadar late Sunday. The deceased were identified as Kamran, his spouse Rabia and three-year-old son Ashar. After hectic efforts, rescuers retrieved the dead and took them to Lady Reading Hospital.

Peshawar reporter adds: In Samanat village of Charssadda the roof of a house caved, killing 14-year-old Samia wand wouding eight-year-old Saira and six-year-old Adnan critically. Neighbours rushed to the site and shifted the injured to District Headquarters Hospital.

Our Lahore reporter adds: A man died and another four sustained wounds when the roof of their dilapidated house collapsed in Wassanpura late Monday. Till filing of this report, rescuers were battling to pull the victims out of debris.

Reports of rain poured in from Parachinar, Dir, Malam Jabba, Quetta, Sahiwal, Risalpur, Peshawar, Lower Dir, Saidu Sharif, Bannu, Kohat, Chitral, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Jhelum, Attock, Murree, Abbottabad, DI Khan, Chitral, Dadu and Mohenjo Daro. Experts predicted the wet spell will continue for the next 24 hours.

Widespread rain-thunderstorm occurred in Punjab, Khyber PK, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Overcast conditions, rains and continuously blowing winds caused considerable decrease in temperature during the day and at night.

Rains added to the woes of motorists and pedestrians as rainwater inundated on portion of roads and roadsides, disturbing normal vehicular movement on major intercity and intra city roads in the province.

In Lahore, the rain started last evening and continued intermittently throughout the day on Monday. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the city.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 19 degree Celsius and 14 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 86 per cent.

According to the experts, westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and expected to persist during next 24 hours.  On Monday, Parachinar received 75 mm rain, Malamjabba 65 mm, Chakwal 50 mm, Dir 49 mm, Islamabad and Rawalpindi 47 mm each, Risalpur and Saidu Sharif 43 mm each, Sahiwal 42 mm, Murree 39 mm, Rawalakot 37 mm, Garhi Dupatta 31 mm, Lower Dir, Kalam and Abbottabad 30 mm each, Kotli 29 mm, Pattan 28 mm, Peshawar 27 mm, Dadu 24 mm, Okara, Cherat and Mangla 23 mm, Chitral 22 mm, Bannu, Muzaffarabad and Balakot 20 mm each, Lahore 19 mm, Moenjodaro and Jhelum 18 mm each, Kasur 17 mm, Quetta 16 mm, Mirkhani and Turbat 14 mm each, Kohat and Bahawalnagar 13 mm each, Dalbandin and Faisalabad 11 mm each, DI Khan, Bhakkar, Sialkot and M B Din 10 mm each, Gujranwala 09 mm, Sukkur and Larkana 08 mm each.

Local meteorological department has forecast widespread rain-thunderstorm for Islamabad, upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal divisions), Hazara division, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and at scattered places in upper Khyber PK (Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu divisions). Isolated snowfall is also expected in hilly areas of Malakand, Hazara divisions and Kashmir.