Rawalpindi, Islamabad hit by heavy rains

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Vehicles passing through the roads of Islamabad as the city received heavy pre-monsoon rains on June 24, 2023.  — Online
Vehicles passing through the roads of Islamabad as the city received heavy pre-monsoon rains on June 24, 2023. — Online

Heavy rain and thunderstorms have hit the sister cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, causing problems in their sewage systems.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had forecast rainfall of 58 mm in the two cities. Meanwhile, sewers remain clogged after accumulation of rainwater in several areas.

In Rawalpindi, roads especially at Bohar Bazar, Moti Bazar, Jamia Masjid Road and Sadiqabad are affected by accumulated water leading to ongoing disruptions to life in both Pindi and the federal capital.

To worsen conditions for the residents of the sister cities, sewers remain clogged and water flows into shops and homes.

Muhammad Tanveer, general manager of the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), said agency staff are on the ground with machines for drainage in low-lying areas.

The water flow in Nullah Lai at Katarian and Gawalmandi is nine and eight feet respectively. The MD said that the water level in the nullah is continuously monitored.

Real time report on flood forecast and warning system for Nullah Lai in Rawalpindi.  — PMD
Real time report on flood forecast and warning system for Nullah Lai in Rawalpindi. — PMD

On the other hand, sectors in the federal capital, including the G6, are experiencing power outages. Sector G6 has had a power outage for the past two hours.

A day earlier, the Met Department’s forecast showed partly cloudy weather with rain, wind and thunderstorms (isolated heavy rain/hailstorm) in Islamabad, with the temperature fluctuating between 35°C and 37°C.

PMD also shared that dust storm/rain is expected in upper/central Punjab, Islamabad, Pothohar region, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, north/east Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

“Isolated heavy rainfall (with isolated hailstorm) is also expected in Northeast Punjab, Potohar region, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir over the period,” the Met Office said in its daily forecast update.


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