Downpour inundates Lahore, more is coming
Many parts of Lahore were inundated on Friday as the monsoon rains started to affect the northeastern Punjab which had generally escaped the brunt of the spell that started to lash other parts of the country earlier this week, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
By the time this report was filed, the heaviest of the rainfall was recorded at Paani Wala Talab – a neighbourhood located in the Old City – which received 135mm of rain.
Although drizzle and light rain had started around 6pm on Friday evening which continued through the night with intervals, the downpour started lashing the city at 5.30am Friday morning.
There are some other localities too where more than 100mm of rain has been recorded till 8am, which include Farrukhabad 132, Lakshmi Chowk 131 and Gulberg 100.
But the rain is still lashing the city with less intensity and it is predicted to continue on Friday night with another downpour/thunderstorm predicted in afternoon.
Moreover, the provincial capital is expected to receive more rain/thunderstorm on Saturday and even Sunday morning.
This downpour meant that fewer people left for their offices and other workplaces, resulting in thinner traffic on roads which have been submerged by rainwater.
However, it is not just the Old City, areas around the City Railway Station and the Walton Road as the several feet of water has accumulated even posh localities like Model Town and Gulberg.
And even the Punjab Assembly building is also feeling the effects of this downpour as its roof started leaking in washroom and veranda.
On the other hand, three to four feet of water on the National Highway near Phool Nagar in Kasur meant of miles-long lines of vehicles were witnessed with the commuters tormented due to being in the middle of nowhere.
Narowal, Shakargarh, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Sheikhupura and other parts of the region are also being lashed by rain.
On the other hand, Khushab is still reeling from the devastation caused by the recent rains as four to five feet high floodwater from the mountainous areas has entered the city, destroying everything in the residential areas. It is feared that the floodwater will also the Joharabad town, forcing the residents to shift to safer places.