ISLAMABAD, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- At least 18 people were killed and 26 others injured in separate rain-related accidents in Pakistan's east Punjab province on Thursday, local media reported.
Dunya TV said that six people of a family including two women were killed and 10 others injured when a double-storey house collapsed due to heavy rains in the provincial capital of Lahore.
Four people including a girl were killed and 16 others injured in accidents resulting from roof collapse in other cities of the province.
Four people died of electrocution in various areas of the province.
The flood water inundated houses in several low lying areas, creating trouble for the residents.
The injured people have been shifted to nearby hospitals.
In a weather forecast report, Met office said that the heavy rains will continue for the next two or three days which may cause flood in two of the major rivers of the province.
Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif expressed sorrow over the loss of lives and directed rescue teams to mobilize their resources for providing rescue and relief to the affected people.
Monsoon rains hit Pakistan every year in June and start retreating in the first week of September.
Heavy rainfall in September is quite uncommon due to the weather phenomenon determined by geographical location of the country. However, since last three years, the country has observed widespread rainfall in this month due to climate change.