5 hours on, city streets remained inundated


In the aftermath of monsoon’s heaviest rain, Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) it took more than five hours after the rains ended to drain water from the city roads. Traffic jam was observed at the Canal Bank Road and The Mall after the rain and traffic flow only smoothened at dusk when water was flushed out.
Rainfall began at midday mildly but soon it began to rain cats and dogs with rain continuing for 3 hours. Recorded rainfall was 25 millimeter at Airport area, 56 millimeter at Pani Wala Talab, 55 millimeter at The Mall and 38 millimeter in Gulberg. Director General WASA Abdul Jabbar Shaheen checked the field performance of WASA staff. The MD WASA visited the Lakshami Chowk, Multan Road, Garhi Shahu, Qartaba Chowk and Samanabad areas. He directed SDO Samanabad to make arrangements to drain off rain water from the area in future rains. In the areas of Chowk Nakhuda, Misri Shah, Aziz road and Sheran wala gate, raining was completed after 2 hours while areas of MM Alam Road, Gulberg, Center Point and Qartaba Chowk were cleared from rain water 3 hours after the rains, WASA press release stated
Weather: The Met office said strong monsoon currents were reaching most parts of the country while the shallow westerly trough was also present in the upper parts of the country. The weather system was likely to produce widespread rains and thundershowers in the country during next two to three days.
Met office also informed that widespread rain and thundershowers with isolated heavy fall likely in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal and Sargodha divisions while at isolated places in Multan, Bahawalpur and D.G.Khan divisions during next two to three days. Isolated showers may also occur in Peshawar, Kohat, D.I.Khan, Bannu, Malakand, Hazara divisions during next few days. On Saturday, morning 76 percent humidity was recorded in Lahore which increased to 85 percent in the evening due to the rain.