LAHORE - Heavy rain lashed the city yesterday, turning a good number of capital areas into lakes.

Intermittent rain started early in the morning but the one and a half hour thundershower in the afternoon exposed monsoon measures of the authorities.

Lakshmi Chowk received 88mm rain, submerging the famous square near the old part of the city and its surrounding areas. Rain in some other areas measured as much as above 90mm.

The rain affected most the central and northern parts of the city, according to a spokesman for Wasa (Water and Sanitation Authority).

Windstorm and rains caused tripping of more than 50 Lesco feeders, out of which 15 could not be restored till late night.

Wasa claimed draining out water from 60 percent of the affected areas before midnight, including Do Moria Pull, Aik Moria Pull, Gulberg, The Mall, Misri Shah, Shadbagh, Town Hall and parts of Johar Town.

The worst hit areas were Gulberg, Barkat Makret, Garden Town Harbanspura, Fateh Garh, Tajh Bagh, Samanabad, Daharam Pura, Jorray Pul, Mason Road, Abid Market, Waris Road, Jain Mandir, Nabha Road, Macload Road, old Anarkali.

The rain also lashed Baidain Road, Ali Park, Ali view Garden, Cricketers’ Colony, Defense ,Nayyab Sector, Saddar  Bazzar, Askari 9, PAF Officer’s Colony, Nadirabad and Islampura, Chauburji, Bahawalpur Road, Khursheed Park, Mugalpura.

Forecast

According to the Metrological Department, rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions), KP (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan, Bannu, DIKhan divisions), Islamabad, Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, while at isolated places in Zhob, DGK, Multan and Sahiwal divisions. Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.

On Thursday Toba Tek Singh received 39mm rain , Layyah 36mm, Khanpur (14), Chakwal (12), Okara (07), Faisalabad (06), Kasur (02), Sahiwal (01), Balochistan: Sibbi (22), Jacobabad 19, Rohri 05,  Mirkhani 16, Kohat 09, D.I Khan 07, Dir 06, Kalam 03, Drosh 02, Gilgit-Baltistan: Astore 01.