15 dead as dust storms lash Pakistan (Lead)

June 6th, 2012 - 12:42 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 5 (IANS) Strong dust storms lashed various parts of Pakistan Tuesday, killing at least 15 people, including five children, media reports said.

Dozens of people were injured in various incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Balochistan provinces, as rains also lashed the Punjab plains, Geo News reported.

The storms uprooted trees, signboards and electricity polls. Power supply also remained suspended in many areas.

According to Xinhua, at least seven people, including two women and a child, were killed in Peshawar and its adjoining areas.

In Punjab, a dust storm killed eight people including four children.

Flight schedules were also disrupted in parts of Punjab due to low visibility.

The winds hit with a speed of up to 90 km per hour in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 75 km per hour in Punjab, meteorological offices reported.

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