RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD - A car plunged into Soan River from Soan Bus Terminal Bridge due to heavy rain and storm that hit the city on Thursday.

Two people, including a young girl, received severe injuries, informed Rescue 1122, who later shifted the both victims to District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) for treatment. Later, the victims were identified as Hamayyun, 45, and Nosheen daughter of Muhammad Kaleem, 23, both hail from Gulraiz Phase-II, Rawalpindi.

A doctor, providing medical treatment to the victims, informed TheNation that the condition of both was critical.

Earlier, heavy rain coupled with thunderstorm created problems for the citizens. Because of thunderstorm, the trees uprooted and electricity cables fell on the ground in various localities including Mareer Hassan, Qasim Army Aviation Base and Chakri Road, blocking the vehicular as well as human movement.

All the road and streets were presenting the scene of swimming pool, thus exposing the tall claims of civic bodies including Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), Chaklala Cantonment Board (CCB) and Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB).

The area which marooned by rain water and of drains and sewerage system got chocked included Raja Bazaar, Iqbal Road, Liaquat Road, Arya Mohala, Ganjmandi, Gawalmandi, the areas along with Nullah Leh, Mareer Chowk, Mareer Hassan, Saddar, Kashmir Road, Benazir Bhutto Road, The Mall, RA Bazaar, Jhanda Cheechi, Shakeryal, Lal Kurti, 22 Number, Peshawar Road, Misrial Road, Dhoke Seydan, Girja Road, Baraf Khana Chowk, Tahli Mohri, Dheri Hassanabad, Adyala Road, Morgah, Sihala Road, Model Town, Humak.

Similarly, thousand of commuters stuck in gigantic traffic jam on several roads of the city and people had to break their fasts on road. The rainwater also gushed into vehicles, switching the engines off. Though there was complete blackout after the rain and thunderstorm yet the loadshedding-hit masses got relief as the weather turned pleasant after the rain. Many children could be witnessed taking bath in the rainwater.

The rain and storm also caused loss to the vendors and handcart owners, who were selling fruit and other edibles in Bazaars at Iftar time. The people also faced difficulties for buying edibles and reach home at Iftar time.

Heavy rain also caused high water level in Nullah Leh and other seasonal nullahs including Jarahi, however, no reports for flood damage anywhere in the city.

Agencies add: The windstorm followed by rain brought a sigh of relief for citizens of twin cities on scorching morning of Thursday. All of a sudden from no where clouds covered twin cities, the air stopped and people expected rain to fall any moment.

The rain coupled with windstorm bought a pleasant change and smile to heat stricken people. Trees were also uprooted in some sectors of the city. Children came out to play in the rain while teenagers were witnessed expressing their jubilation on Murree Road, Sadar, Commercial Market and other congested areas of the city.

After the rain stranded water at Sixth Road, Murree road, Sadar, Commercial Market, Pindora, Banni, Asghar Mall, Raja Bazaar and some other parts become a headache for the pedestrians as splashing water by the passing by vehicles ruined their day.People on one hand were happy for the pleasant weather besides cursing the stranded water in this regard.

Meanwhile, heavy showers with cool breeze on early Thursday morning turned the weather of the cities of upper Punjab extremely pleasant inspiring the citizens to come out of the homes despite fast.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), said 45 millimeters of rain was recorded at Islamabad’s Zero Point, 29mm at Hokra, 18mm in Saidpur, 5mm in Chaklala and Shamsabad received 29mm of rainfall.

Meteorologists said the rain spell is expected to continue for two more days in the city.

Pak-Met has predicted isolated rain with thundershower in Rawalpindi‚ Lahore‚ Gujranwala and Sargodha divisions and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. According to details, Gujranwala, Gujar Khan, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and adjoining areas received rain early Thursday morning, which brought a pleasant change in weather.

During past 24-hour temperature in Islamabad and Karachi was recorded at 27C, Lahore 26C‚ Quetta 22C‚ Gilgit and Murree 19C and Muzaffarabad 28C.