Heavy downpour floods city streets

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Early morning downpour lashed the city and its suburbs, inundating the low-lying areas and roads around Lahore.

The morning showers brought a pleasant change in the weather and provided respite from extreme humidity to the citizens.

Many roads were submerged after the new wave of monsoon rains. The worst deadlocks were witnessed on Ferozpur Road and Jail Road.

Scattered rain lashed Mall Road, Jail Road, Ferozpur Road, Shimla Pahari, Garhi Shahu among others areas.

Numerous power feeders tripped across Lahore as soon as heavy rain hit. It should be mentioned here that around two lives were lost in different rain-related accidents in Lahore involving short circuit and electrocution in this season.

Meanwhile, the Met office has forecast more showers in northern and central Punjab, including Lahore, during the next 12 hour.

The department stated that heavy fall is expected at isolated places in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Kashmir and in areas of FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan.

Heavy downpours may trigger flash flooding and landslides, meteorological department has warned.

-CM direction-

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Friday directed administration, agencies and elected representatives to remain vigilant during heavy rains and take necessary measures for minimising problems of the people.

He directed that all-out resources should be utilised for drainage of rainwater.

The Chief Minister expressed these remarks while addressing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Floods through the video link from Istanbul, Turkey.

He reviewed in detail the situation arising due to heavy rains in Lahore and other cities as well as measures for the disposal of rainwater. He directed Cabinet Committee on Floods to perform its duties efficiently during monsoon season.

Shehbaz Sharif directed that administration, agencies concerned with relief activities and elected representatives should remain in the field and take necessary measures for minimising problems of the people. He directed that all out resources should be utilised for drainage of rainwater.

He said that service to the people is a form of worship, therefore, efforts in this regard should be made with commitment and determination.

The Chief Minister directed that the members of the cabinet committee should keep a close contact with the departments concerned and monitor weather situation as well as the flow of water in rivers round the clock.