Three kids die as heavy rain lashes Lahore, floods roads
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Three children died as heavy rain backed by gusty winds lashed Lahore for nearly eight hours on Friday morning flooding roads, suspending traffic and tripping electricity feeders in many areas of the provincial capital, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The Met Office has predicted more moderate to heavy rainfall with strong winds in Lahore during the next 24 to 48 hours.
The one-colour sky look suggested that it was not just Lahore that was hit by the rain but there were also reports of heavy downpour in adjacent cities like Sahiwal, Kasur, Raiwind, Narowal, Nankana Sahib, Gujranwala, Kharian, Renala Khurd and other areas.
The rain also disrupted the early morning rush to offices as the traffic came to a halt with the continuous rain until noon.
As usual, 180 Lesco feeders tripped leaving many localities without electricity throughout Lahore.
Three children died when the roof of their house collapsed in Siraj village near the provincial metropolis.
The rain, which started early in the morning, brought life in many localities to a standstill. Rainwater remained on roads for many hours.
A satellite image.
Wasa officials and their machinery were not yet swung into motion to drain out the stagnant rainwater from the Lahore city’s roads, residential and commercial localities, playgrounds, stadiums, graveyards, bus stands and public parks.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has ordered the authorities to take immediate steps to pump out water from low-lying areas on the provincial capital.
As the rain continued, some major roads and localities including the Canal Bank Road, Jail Road, Wahdat Road, Multan Road, Raiwind Road, Thokar Niaz Baig, Sher Shah Colony, Walton, Laxshmi Chowk, Sadr, China Scheme, Chah Miran and Shad Bagh turned into mini ponds, which caused serious inconvenience to the road users besides causing traffic blockage at major crossings across the city.
Karachi not behind
Karachi also received rain last night with a maximum of 16mm was recorded in Quaidabad while the Met Office has predicted more rain for the city today (Friday).
In Saadi Town, 14mm rain was recorded, 6mm in Sarjani Town, 4.5mm at University Road, 7mm in North Karachi, Gulshan Maimar 6.9mm, Jinnah Terminal 3.8. Faisal Base 2mm and Defence Phase II 1mm.
Meanwhile, Met officials said strong monsoon currents were penetrating lower southern parts of the country while a westerly wave was also present along the northwestern border. They predicted that a thunderstorm was expected in Sindh and eastern Balochistan. Isolated heavy falls were also expected in lower Sindh and eastern Balochistan while hot and humid weather was likely to prevail elsewhere in the country.
Rainfall was recorded at several cities, including Badin, Hyderabad, Nagar Parker, Islamkot, Tando Jam, Thatta, Kohlu, Khuzdar, Kalat, Sibbi, Lasbella, Parachinar, Kalam, Dir, Cherat, Drosh, Bagrote, Gilgit, Bunji, Hunza, Gupis, Babusar, Chillas, Astor, Khanewal and Narowal.
Strong monsoon currents are penetrating the upper and lower parts of the country.
Rain-wind/thundershower is expected in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, eastern Balochistan and Sindh. Isolated heavy falls are also likely to occur during the period.
Past 24 Hour Weather
Rain-wind thundershower occurred in Punjab, Islamabad, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northeast Balochistan and Kashmir. Hot and humid weather prevailed elsewhere in the country.
Rainfall(mm): Punjab: Lahore (Farukhabad 97, Shahi Qila 32, Lakshmi Chowk 31, Gulshan-e-Ravi 18, Chowk Nakhuda 15, Tajpura 10, Upper Mall, Mughal Pura 08, City 06, Gulberg, Airport 03, Nishtar Town, Iqbal Town 02, Jail Road, Samanabad, Johar Town 01), Sargodha (City 55), Hafizabad 43, Okara 37, Mandi Bahauddin 33, Kasur 32, Sahiwal 19, Mangla 07, Murree 05, Narowal 03, DG Khan 02, Jhang 01, Sindh: Karachi (Sarjani Town 58, North Karachi 51, Orangi Town 37, Nazimabad 32, Masroor Base 17, Kemari 15, Saadi Town 13, Met Complex 08, Gulshan-e-Hadid, Quaidabad 04, Jinnah Terminal 03, MOS, Faisal Base 02), Jacobabad 12, Sakrand 06, Hyderabad 05, Chhor, Larkana 04, Thatta 03, Shaheed Benazirabad, Tando Jam 01, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Balakot 16, Malam Jabba, Pattan 04, Bannu, Hari Chand 02, Balochistan: Barkhan 11, Kohlu, Lasbella 03, Kashmir: Rawalakot 05 and Dhalli 01.
Today’s highest maximum Temperature’s (°C) : Chhor, Sibbi 40, Chillas, Nokundi, Mirpur Khas, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sakrand and Tando Jam 39.
Reporters Faran Yameen and Rabia Khan