Problems of Lahorites’ compounded Intermittent rain continues in City

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Staff Reporter

Intermittent rainfall in heavy and light spells continued in the provincial metropolis for third consecutive day on Sunday, submerging low-lying areas of the historic city.

Several roads of the city have been flooded with rainwater. The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) workers were working at various places to drain out the water pools on city’s roads.

WASA Managing Director Zahid Aziz said that the first spell of rainfall continued from 3:06AM to 6:13 in the morning, while second bout of the rain lashed the city from 8:22AM to 8:57AM.

“Maximum rainfall has been reported in Mughalpura (29mm),” the Wasa chief said. Moreover, 23mm rainfall reported at Lahore Airport, 18mm at Tajpura and 14mm rainfall at Gulshan Ravi, he further said.

“All underpasses of the city have been cleared of rainwater,” he earlier said. He said that all disposal stations of the city are functional and the rainwater is being drained out with the help of heavy machinery.

He hoped that the water drain out operation will be completed within time.
The rainwater accumulated in the city’s largest vegetable and fruit market that virtually looks like a pond and the water also entered homes, destroyed furniture and other valuables in low-lying areas. Residents in Mall Road, Ichhra and Brandreth Road were still fighting to drain out the rainwater.

Wasa vice-chairman Sheikh Imtiaz said that the Wasa has deployed its staff for the smooth disposal of water. Moreover, heavy rains in and around Mandi Bahauddin city exposed the poor sewerage system as rainwater accumulated on roads and streets.

Pakistan weather office said weak monsoon currents are penetrating northeastern and lower parts of the country and a westerly wave is also affecting upper/western parts of the country.

It is to be mentioned here that the voters and the polling staff facing problems to reach to the polling stations for the Cantonment Board elections also ongoing today.

Several areas of the city including, Gulberg, Walton Road, Dharampura, Ghaziabad and other areas are inundated.

The motorists in the said areas are facing problems. Pakistan Meteorological Department had earlier forecast rainfall with thunderstorm in Potohar region of Punjab, Lower Sindh, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan region in its weather report.

Pakistan weather office said weak monsoon currents are penetrating northeastern and lower parts of the country and a westerly wave is also affecting upper/western parts of the country.

Rain recorded in Punjab (In last 24 hours): Kasur 73, Mangla 34, Lahore (AP 32, Mughalpura 29, Farrukhabad 15, Samanabad 05, Iqbal Town 04, Shahi Qilla, Johar Town, WASA Head Office, City 02), Narowal 30, Jhelum 22, MB Din 17, Okara 09 and Bahawalnagar, Khanewal 08.

Gujranwala 03, Hafizabad, Faisalabad 01, Rawalpindi(Shamsabad 01), Khyber -Pakhtunkhwa: Balakot 50, Kakul 42, Malamjabba 38, Saidu Sharif 21, Dir (Lower 16, Upper 01), Peshawar 03, Kashmir: Muzaffarabad 34, Garhidupatta 12, Kotli 10, Rawalakot 01, Sindh: Chhor 07, Mithi 02, Gilgit-Baltistan: Gupis 02, Astore 01mm.

Saturday’s highest maximum Temperature’s (°C): Turbat 43, Sibbi 41, Dadu, Lasbella, Nokkundi and Mohenjodharo 39.

 

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