LAHORE - At least two persons lost their lives and several others injured in rain-related incidents as monsoon rains wreaked havoc in parts of the country on Saturday.
In Lahore, a speedy car crushed Basharat Khan, 50, to death in Raiwind area. A truck crushed a 40 year old unidentified man in Shafiqabad area. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but he succumbed to injuries.
In another incident, Sabiran Bibi, 40 and Sohail, 10, were seriously injured when roof of their house on Bund Road caved in. Both of them were shifted to nearby hospital in critical condition. Arshad, 30, was seriously injured when his bike slipped in Sundar area. Muhammad Shafiq, 30, and his friend Rashad sustained injuries after slipping from motorbike near Liberty Market. Afzal, Javed Farooq, Shaukat, Siddique, Ayesha Bibi and Rashida Bibi sustained minor injuries as motorcycle rickshaw turned turtle near Imamia Colony, Shahdara. Amir Farooq, 30, sustained burn injuries after mistakenly touching an electric pole in Ghaziabad area.
Parts of the country received rainfall of varying intensities, bringing life to a standstill by causing urban flooding, frequent tripping and massive traffic jams.
Rains with windstorm, however, provided much needed respite to the people in plains from the prevailing muggy weather by causing considerable decrease in temperature during the day and at nighttime. Experts have predicted the wet spell to continue with intervals during the next couple of days.
Rain/thundershower occurred at scattered places of Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Malakand, Hazara, Bannu divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.
In urban areas, rains disturbed normal routine life as the rainwater inundated roads not only in low-lying areas but also several posh localities. Downpour submerged roads and streets in major cities into knee deep water. Massive traffic jams were witnessed on a number of intercity and intra city roads.
In Lahore, strong winds started blowing in the morning that followed by rainfall of varying intensities. Rains started at around 10:45am and continued till 12:10, submerging roads and streets in various localities into knee deep water. Cloud bursts added to the woes of motorists and pedestrians by causing inundation of rainwater in every nook and corner of Lahore. It took hours to the premier sanitation agency Wasa to clear roads from inundated rainwater. Major roads, not only in Northern Lahore but also in several posh localities, were presenting pictures of lakes and ponds. Many vehicles and motorcycles were seen broken down in parts of the City. Overcast conditions, rains and continuously blowing winds caused considerable decrease in the mercury level, making weather pleasant. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 34 degree Celsius and 24 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 82 percent. The Meteorological Department has forecast rain/thundershower at scattered places of Kashmir, Islamabad, Punjab (Rwalpindi,Sargodha,Gujranwala,Lahore and Sahiwal divisions),upper Khyber PK (Malakand, Hazara divisions) and at isolated places of Faisalabad, Kallat, Mirpurkhas divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next couple of days.
On Saturday, Lahore received (104 mm rain at Farrukhabad, 98 mm at Pani Wala Talab, 79 mm at Chowk Nakhuda and 37 mm at Jail road), Joharabad 71 mm, Chakwal 60 mm, Gujrat 30 mm, Rawalpindi (Chaklala and Bokra 27 mm each and Shamsabad 18 mm), Gujranwala 27 mm, Lower Dir and Nagar Parkar 25 mm each, Jehlum 23 mm, Islamabad (Golra 22 mm, Zero Point 20 mm) and Saidpur 07 mm), Malamjabba 21 mm, Saidu Sharif 19 mm, Mandi Bahauddin 16 mm, Faisalabad 15 mm, Mangla 14 mm, Garhi Dupatta 12 mm, Rwalakot and Mithi 10 mm each and Dir 09 mm.