Islamabad - Heavy downpour on Tuesday lashed the federal capital bringing life to a halt. The federal capital received rain ranging from 71mm to 156mm, making the weather pleasant but it also caused miseries for the road-users and those outside homes at that time. According to the MET office Islamabad, Zero Point received 71mm, Saidpur received 97mm, Golra received 156mm while Bokra received 117mm of rain that generated urban flooding in most parts of the city. The roads of the city were presenting the look of nullahs as vehicles got stuck in the water while bike riders took shelter under shades. Vehicles were seen splashing water on the bystanders as the low-lying areas of the city got inundated. It took almost two hours to water to clear the roads. Metro bus track was the worst hit by the rainfall as its low-lying parts got inundated making it difficult for the buses to move swiftly. The early morning shower in the federal capital decreased the mercury level, bringing relief to the citizens. According to the Meteorological Department, the spell of rainfall is likely to continue on Wednesday (today). On the other hand, Rawalpindi received nominal rain, 14mm, said the Met office.

Meanwhile the MET office has also forecasted scattered rain and thundershower in Gujranwala‚ Lahore‚ Sargodha‚ Faisalabad‚ Malakand‚ Hazara‚ Kalat‚ Sibbi‚ Nasirabad divisions and Kashmir‚ while at isolated places of Kohat‚ Bannu‚ Peshawar‚ DI Khan‚ Multan Mirpur Khas‚ Hyderabad‚ Karachi divisions. Heavy falls would also occur at a few places of upper Punjab‚ upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir on Wednesday.

The MET office had on July 6, 2015 forecast heavy rains in upper Punjab during the next 48 hours. MET office predicted monsoon rains with thundershower over Islamabad, upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore and Sahiwal divisions), Hazara division and Kashmir from Tuesday to Friday.

The rain also flooded low lying areas of Rawalpindi, damaged the houses besides adversely disrupting the flow of traffic between the two cities. The rain though lowered the mercury of the twin cities bringing a pleasant change for the fasting faithful but on the other hand it has rendered widespread property damages. The rain which started at 10:00am continued to lash the twin cities for more than three hours. The rain flooded the nullahs in the twin cities and water entered in houses situated by side of Layyah Nullah. Low-lying areas of the two cities presented a look of swimming pools and youngsters were seen playing in the water accumulated in streets and at roads.

The citizens expressed dissatisfaction over the poor administration which resulted in losses. They also demanded for effective measures for the upcoming monsoon season.

They expressed serious concern that despite repeated talks of diverting Margalla water, that cause floods in Leh Nullah, no practical steps have been taken by the federal an Punjab governments to prevent losses to life and property every year.