Rawal Dam spillways opened as Soan River in flood after heavy rain

By: News Desk      Published: 12:08 PM, 31 Aug, 2020
Rawal Dam spillways opened as Soan River in flood after heavy rain

Spillways of Rawal Dam were opened on Monday morning with the warning for the populated areas located in downstream as heavy rain lashed the twin cities.

The administration opted for move as a result of the rising water in Soan River which had caused damage in several areas last. Rawalpindi is also facing the possible threat posed by Nullah Lai in case this heavy spell of rain continues further as predicted by the Met Office.

Heavy rain with thunder and rain also hit other parts of the Pothohar region, including Chakwal, where water level is increasing in streams.

And in Balochistan, Dera Bugti and other areas in the region have been receiving a heavy downpour for the last eight hours, resulting in flash floods and damage to crops and orchards.

Earlier, the latest weather system moving in from the Bay Bengal started affecting southern Punjab after hitting parts of Sindh. As a result, Sadiqabad, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Kot Addu, Vehari, Jampur, Jahanian, Minchinabad and others areas are receiving rains since Sunday night with brief interruptions.

However, the people could not fully enjoy the welcoming change in hot and humid weather as power supply was suspended in many areas as soon as the rain started lashing the region.

Meanwhile, Larkana, Shikarpur and other upper parts of the province have been receiving thundershowers and rain on Sunday and Monday after lower Sindh – Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Thatta and Hyderabad – were lashed with more downpour.

However, the latest weather system, fortunately, isn’t the severe the like the previous one for the province.

On the other hands, several parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are also receiving rain with varying intensity since Sunday night.