Rainstorm lashes twin cities; heavy snowfall continues at Chillas

22 tourists stuck at Babur Top rescued: Neelum Valley hammered by heavy snowfall

By: News Desk      Published: 11:32 AM, 18 Oct, 2021
Rainstorm lashes twin cities; heavy snowfall continues at Chillas
A scene of heavy snowfall in Neelum Valley.

Rain thunderstorm lashed twin cities —Islamabad and Rawalpindi — where dozens of feeders have been tripped and various low-lying areas and roads inundated with rainwater while Iesco launched post-rain operation on Monday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Islamabad Electric Supply Co. IESCO operation teams have resumed work on fault and tripping on several feeders that were tripped amid heavy rains with thunder and lightning in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and surrounding areas.

The weather office said that the rain continued the whole night.

Pakistan Meteorological Department predicted that dry weather will prevail in most districts of Punjab while showers with strong winds and thundershowers are expected in the Pothohar region, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Narowal, and Lahore. 

Rain with strong winds and thundershowers is expected at Dir, Chitral, Swat, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda, Kurram, and a few places in Kohat.

Heavy snowfall 

Moreover, Gilgit Baltistan Emergency Service police and local authorities rescued around 200 stranded tourists’ in 22 vehicles at Babusar Top and shifted them to Chillas

The rescue operation was completed in 15 hours as 16 inches of snow was recorded at Babusar Top.

Snowfall continued at Babusar Top and Ferry Meadows, Nanga Parbat, and other areas. Neelum Valley was also hammered by heavy rain and snowfall.

Babusar Top-Naran National Highway has been closed for all kinds of traffic due to heavy snowfall. 

The weather office said that a westerly wave is affecting northern parts of the country and may persist during the next 24 hours while continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country.

However, mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain wind-thunderstorm (snowfall over high mountains) is expected at isolated places in northeastern Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, and Kashmir.

Monday's highest maximum temperature (°C): Turbat and Sibbi 39.

In the last 24 hours (Sunday), dry weather prevailed over most parts of the country. However rain- thunderstorm occurred in Gilgit-Baltistan: Astore 29, Chillas 10, Babu Sar 06, Bunji 02, Hunza 01, Kashmir: Garhi Dupatta 08, Muzaffarabad 07, Kotli 06, Rawlakot 02, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Balakot 14, Kakul 05, Chitral 02, Malam Jabba 01, Punjab: Murree, Mangla 03 and Jhelum 01mm.

Reporter Awais Kiyani