The torrential downpour has claimed as many as 19 lives in the Pakistan’s largest province Punjab.

“At least 19 people died in Punjab in (the) last 48 hours,” said Khurram Shahzad, the director of the provincial disaster management authority of Punjab, adding that 37 people were injured in incidents cased by the heavy rain.

The provincial capital Lahore was worst hit with eight deaths and overa dozen injured.

The recent rains are considered the heaviest in Lahore since 1980, when streets were flooded and low-lying areas of the city inundated.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) put rescue and relief agencies on alert, warning that evacuations might be necessary, amid fears of flooding in the mountainous north of the country.