–Electric supply suspended as 67 feeders trip
LAHORE: Heavy rainfall in the provincial capital on Sunday became a source of trouble for the locals as rainwater flooded the boulevards and streets in many parts of the metropolis, Pakistan Today has observed.
The city administration seemed unprepared to tackle the problem as the rainwater remained accumulated on roads for hours. In some low lying areas of the city, the rainwater even entered the homes of residents, causing damage to their personal property.
The accumulated rainwater caused many vehicles to break down on roads, leading to massive traffic jams in many parts of the provincial capital. Electricity failure further added to the miseries of the local residents as 67 LESCO feeders tripped and suspended electric supply to many areas of Lahore.
While the situation in cantonment areas and DHA remained better, most low-lying areas of the city, including Samnabad, Ichra, Garhi Shahu and Bhatti Gate, saw streets turned into canals.
The rain caused 14 flights to be cancelled and 15 to be delayed and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that it would comply with the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s (PMD) directives.
The maximum rainfall in the provincial capital on Sunday was recorded as 80mm. Sunday’s rainfall tested the competence of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in Punjab and dismissed the tall claims of the city authorities.
The only silver lining was the pleasant weather which finally broke the spell of the hot and humid weather that lasted throughout August and many citizens, taking advantage of the pleasant weather, turned towards parks and restaurants.
According to PMD, rain-thundershower with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Malakand, Hazara, Mirpurkhas, Karachi, Hyderabad divisions, Islamabad, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain-thundershower with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Lahore, Sahiwal, Gujranwala divisions, Kashmir and its adjoining areas.
On July 3, a torrential Monsoon spell that lashed the city all night long resulted in the death of at least six people due to electrocution and roof collapses. As a result of 16-hour-long rain spell, most areas of the city turned into canals, with people stranded in their houses and water seeping through vehicles and houses, especially in the low-lying areas. WASA also imposed an emergency in the city following the rain-related incidents. Due to the incompetence of the civic authorities, a large sinkhole also appeared on the Mall Road near GPO Chowk.