LAHORE – Parts of the country including the City received rainfall of light to moderate intensity on Saturday, disturbing normal routine life as rainwater inundated on roads and streets.
The downpour caused urban / flash flood in Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Bannu, Sukkur, Larkana, Zhob, Sibi and Nasirabad divisions.
In Lahore, the rains started at noon and continued intermittently until late at night, submerging roads and streets, not only in low-lying areas but also several posh localities, in water. Ongoing construction work on a number of arteries including Ferozpur Road, Lower Mall and Lytton Road added to the woes and miseries of motorists and pedestrians.
Inundated rainwater on portions of roads, roadsides and slippery conditions caused massive traffic jams on a number of important arteries including The Mall, Jail Road, Ferozpur Road, Sharey Fatima Jinnah, Davis Road, Multan Road and Canal Bank Road until late at night. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the City.
Intermittent rains, cloudiness and continuously-blowing winds brought a pleasant change in the weather by causing considerable decrease in the mercury level. On Saturday, the maximum and minimum temperature in the City remained 28 and 26 degree Celsius, respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded at 96 per cent.
People came out of their houses in the evening to enjoy the pleasant weather. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people including women and children in the evening. Huge rush was witnessed at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Jillani Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jallo Park, Lahore Zoo and other picnic spots in the City. Massive traffic jams were witnessed on roads in the close vicinity of these picnic spots.
According to the experts, well marked low pressure area lies over west Rajasthan and adjoining areas of eastern Sindh. It is likely to move west-northwest ward during the next 24 hours and enter upper Sindh and adjoining areas of southern Punjab on Sunday (today). A westerly wave is also located over western parts of Pakistan.
The local Meteorological Department has forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of thunderstorm / rain for the City during the next couple of days. The Met Office has forecast widespread rain / thundershower with scattered heavy fall for southern Punjab (Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur and Multan divisions), upper Sindh (Sukkur and Larkana divisions), northeast Balochistan (Zhob, Sibi and Nasirabad divisions) and lower Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Bannu, Kohat and Dera Ismail Khan divisions). Scattered rain with isolated heavy falls is also likely in lower Sindh, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Punjab, Quetta, Kalat, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
On Saturday, Chorr received 80mm rain, Islamabad 66mm, Shorkot 65mm, Larkana 57mm, Mithi53 mm, Multan47 mm, Malamjabba 34mm, Saidu Sharif and Thatha 28mm each, Peshawar and Moenjodaro 26mm each, Murree 25mm, Pattan 23mm, Gilgit 22mm, Badin and Bahawalnagr 21mm each, Islamabad and Lahore 20mm each, Hunza 19mm, Kalam 18mm, Bunji and Faisalabad 17mm each, Toba Tek Singh 16mm, Shaheed Benazirabad 13mm and Kohat 11mm.