THE picture of Lahore battling with intermittent bursts of rain for two successive days was one of chaos and utter disorder. The rainwater inundated a major part of the city, but strangely even housing societies like the DHA could not salvage themselves from the onslaught of the deluge. Water was everywhere. Apart from turning roads into lakes, it flooded a number of houses or blocked their exit. This was not how one would have expected the state of affairs in a locality that was supposed to be a model city of the metropolis. Although the downpour was recorded at about 168mm, a proper sewerage system would have taken care of it without causing large ponds of water. The situation in the rest of the town including Model Town, Gulberg and Garden Town was much worse off. Nine deaths were reported due to the rain related havoc. Departments like the WASA and Public Works owe an explanation for the mess the city has seen. Despite knowing that the monsoon cloudbursts are an annual feature, they have failed to modernise the city's drainage system. It would be pertinent to refer to western countries, which receive plenty of rain but not a drop of water stagnates anywhere. The weather pundits are expecting more showers in the coming days and while the authorities should gear up to handle that, wisdom demands an immediate overhaul of the city's water sewerage system on a war footing.