More heavy rains batter Punjab and Sindh cities
Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, other cities lashed by morning downpour: Heavy rain in Punjab’s capital creates sinkhole on Peco Road: Routine life goes off track as electricity feeders trip: Karachi receives moderate shower
July 8, 2023 10:24 AM
The skies across the country are overcast bringing showers in various cities of Punjab and Sindh including Lahore and Karachi on Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The intermittent rain continued pummeling different parts of the country, submerging low-lying areas and tripping electricity feeders.
Lahore has been receiving light and heavy showers since morning. The low-lying areas in the city have been inundated and Lesco’s electricity transmission system has buckled under the pouring rain.
The heavy rain also created a sinkhole on Peco Road in the city. The road has been closed for traffic to avoid any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, the roof of a house collapsed in Nishtar Colony, injuring three persons including women and children.
According to rescue officials, three women and three children sustained injuries during roof collapse. They were shifted to a hospital for medical assistance.
Rain is also lashing other cities of Punjab including Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Sahiwal, Jhelum, Attock, Chakwal, Mianwali, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Layyah, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur, and Taunsa.
In Sindh, Karachi has been receiving Monsoon showers since last night. Moderate rain hit New Nazimabad, Federal B Area, Samanabad, Azizabad, Shah Faisal, and North Nazimabad.
The Met Office has predicted the Monsoon rains in the country from July 3-8.
It has warned that heavy falls may cause flash floods in hill torrent areas of DG Khan and adjoining areas of northeast Balochistan from 06th to 08th July.
According to the Pakistan Metrological Department, rain/wind/thundershower (with few heavy falls/hailstorm) is expected in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Galliyat, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Chitral, Swat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Kurram, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, Mianwali, Sargodha, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh from 03rd (evening/night) to 08th July with occasional gaps.
Rain/wind-thundershower with isolated heavy falls are also expected in Barkhan, Loralai, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Kalat, Khuzdar, Zhob, Lasbella, Awaran, Musakhel, D.I Khan, Bannu, Karak, Waziristan, D.G khan, Rajanpur, Multan, Bhakkar, Layyah, Kot Addu, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Sahiwal, and Okara from 05th to 08th July.
Rain/wind-thundershower with isolated heavy falls are also expected in Sukkur, Jacobabad Ghotki, Shaheed Benazirabad, Larkana, Mithi, Chhor, Padidan, Nagarparkar, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Sanghar, Mirpur Khas, Dadu, Thatta, Badin, Hyderabad and Karachi on 07th July and 08th July.
During the past 24 hours, rain-wind/thundershowers (with isolated heavy falls) occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad, Pothohar region, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, north Balochistan, and lower Sindh.
Rainfall (mm): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Balakot 123, Cherat 73, Dir (Upper 37, Lower 03), Mardan 28, Kakul, Murree, Malam Jabba 27, Saidu Sharif 25, Kalam, Pattan 15, Bacha Khan Airport 13, Parachanar, Mirkhani 10, Peshawar, Darosh 08; Punjab: Attock 44, Islamabad (Golra 41, Bokra 27, Zeropoint 26, Saidpur 12, Airport 09), Rahim Yar Khan 27, Rawalpindi (Chaklala 22, Shamsabad 13), Sialkot (City 28, Airport 11), Gujarat 05, Gujranwala 03: Sindh: Islamkot 60, Nagarparkar 40, Delhi 34, Chhoor 33, Chhachro 28, Hyderabad, Diplo 18, Mithi 17, Skrand 12, Shaheed Banizrabad 07, Karachi (Airport 02); Balochistan: Barkhan 24, Zhob 15, Kashmir: Garhi Duppta 39, Muzaffarabad (City 28, Airport 27), Rawalakot 07; Gilgit-Baltistan: Bagrote 19, Gilgit 16, Bunji 15, Gupis 11, Hunza 09, Astore 07, and Chilas 06.
Today’s Recorded Highest Maximum Temperature (°C): Turbat 44, Shaheed Benazirabad and Sibbi 42.
According to the PMD flood alert, all major rivers are flowing in the state of their normal flows. Flash flooding is expected in DG Khan Division and local Nullahs of North Balochistan during the next 24 hours.
High to Very High-level flooding is expected in River Chenab and associated Nullahs of Rivers Ravi and Chenab from 8th to 9th July, 2023.
50 dead in rain-related incidents
As torrential monsoon rains grip Pakistan, at least 50 people — including eight children —died in various rain-related incidents, officials said Friday.
"Fifty deaths have been reported in different rain-related incidents all over Pakistan since the start of the monsoon on June 25," a National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) official told AFP, adding that 87 people were injured during this period.
The majority of the deaths were in eastern Punjab, and were mainly due to electrocution and building collapses, official data showed.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the bodies of eight children were recovered from a landslide in the Shangla district on Thursday, according to the emergency service Rescue 1122's spokesman Bilal Ahmed Faizi.
He said rescuers were still searching for other children trapped in the debris.
Officials in Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city, said it had received record-breaking rainfall on Wednesday, turning roads into rivers and leaving almost 35% without electricity and water this week.
Reporters Faran Yameen, Aadia Naz and input from Agencies