Rawalpindi-Heavy rain showers continuing since Sunday night left streets and roads waterlogged and caused severe traffic jams in the twin cities on Monday.

Similarly, snow hit the Murree hill station, paralysing life and troubling the commuters and tourists.

Despite hectic efforts, City Traffic Police and Islamabad Traffic Police failed in controlling the traffic.

Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) and other civic bodies’ officials were put on their toes by the high ups for pumping out the water inundating low-lying areas and some busy roads in Rawalpindi.

The rain and snowfall in Murree also dropped the mercury level in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Gas and electricity load-shedding doubled miseries of the residents of twin cities in such chilly weather.

Heavy downpour started late in the night inundated low-lying areas and caused traffic jams on roads. Adiala Road, Tulsa Chowk, Khawaja Corporation, COD Square l, Judicial Complex-Jinnah Park Road, Katcheri, Airport Road, Peshawar Road, IJ Principal Road, Faizabad, Islamabad Expressway, Koral and several linking roads with GT Road experienced traffic jam with scores of college and varsity students and officer-goers stuck in.

Meanwhile, the rain water also inundated areas including Model Town, Sadiqabad, Shakrial, Bandh Khana Road, Khana Bridge Interchange, Murree Road, Chandni Chowk Flyover, Sixth Road Flyover, Pirwadhai Mor Flyover and Westridge.

Meanwhile, sewage system in various localities got chocked while the rain water marooned the streets at Committee Chowk, Arya Muhala, Mehmood Ali Shah Muhala, Sadiqabad, Afandi Colony and Javed Colony.

The water level in Nullah Leh, however, remained normal, while the Met Office predicted more rains across the country.

The rain turned the weather colder and significantly dropped the mercury. A large number of people came out of their homes as soon as the rain started to enjoy the weather. A huge rush was also witnessed on soup, tea, pakora, samosa, fish and dry fruit shops.

On the other hand, the farmers expressed happiness over the rain, saying the showers would be good for their corps.

The WASA spokesman Umar while talking to media men said that MD WASA had put all the sanitary staffers on alert soon after the rain began.

He said that the sanitary workers conducted operations at Committee Chowk Underpass, Airport Road, Murree Road, Liaquat Road and City Saddar Road by pumping out rain water with heavy machinery in a bid to smoothen the traffic flow.

Heavy snowfall also blanketed Murree as a large number of tourists thronged to the hill station, causing traffic jams. Almost all hotels and guest houses in Murree and Galliyat are booked and many roads including the Expressway, the Rawalpindi-Murree-Kashmir Highway, Bhurban Road, the road to Galliyat and Patriata and other roads to and from the hill station remained closed for hours due to traffic rush.

According to City Traffic Police spokesman Wajid Satti, the traffic police had made arrangements in anticipation of the crowds and had deployed additional wardens at various places to keep the flow of traffic smooth.

However, due to unavailability of parking spaces, more than usual tourists and heavy rains hindered the traffic, he said.

The spokesman said that CTO Chaudhry Yousaf Ali Shahid also issued a traffic advisory to facilitate the tourists. According to the advisory, the tourists visiting Murree should avoid double parking as it might cause hurdle in the traffic flow.

The vehicle owners should ply vehicles in snow while covering tyres with iron chains.

He advised the tourists to contact CTP Murree helpline in case of any emergency.