A mild shower brought cheers to Multanites as the city received 20.5 mm rain on Wednesday. The temperature dropped considerably because of the rain as 33.2 degrees centigrade was recorded as maximum and 25 degrees minimum compared to Tuesday’s 43.5 degrees maximum and 32.5 degrees minimum. Local Metrological office said that the city might receive another thunderstorm and rain on Thursday (today).

Agricultural experts declared the recent rain a positive sign for the crops, especially cotton and mango. “This rain will not only make up water shortage but also help contain pest attack on cotton crop,” said a progressive grower Malik Allah Yar.

He added that the rain would also leave very positive impacts on mango and the size of fruit would further grow. On the other hand, the citizens cheered up and enjoyed rain. Long queues of customers were seen at samosa shops.

Meanwhile, some low-lying areas of the city came under rain water. The DCO Multan Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah carried out an emergency visit of entire city and got the rainwater pumped out under his supervision.

The DCO reprimanded WASA officials for making poor sanitation arrangements in Shaheen Market, Hassan Parwana, Qasim Bela, Sharifpurra, Ameerabad and some other low lying areas. He asked the WASA officials to make proper water disposal arrangements.

YARN FACTORY BLAST: At least one labourer was killed while three others seriously injured when a blast took place in a yarn factory here in Industrial Estate area on Tuesday night. Police said that a hydraulic pipe blasted and caused fire in the factory.

 The deceased was identified as Irfan, resident of Mian Channu, while the injured included Iqbal, Nasir and Abdul Sattar. All the injured were rushed to Nishtar Hospital where Irfan succumbed to his injuries while the condition of rest of the injured is also stated to be precarious. Doctors said that 90 per cent of Irfan’s body was burnt.