LAHORE - The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) in collaboration with Metrological department has set up motion 4 rain measuring equipments to determine the quantity and intensity of downpour particularly during monsoon season. The rain gauges gadget which is fully operative have already been installed at Upper Mall, Shahdara, Misri Shah and Pani Wala Talab two week before. It may be recalled that the city has two rain measuring equipments at Jail Road and Lahore Air Port since long under the control of the Met office. The induction of four rain gauges in the old system will help both WASA and Met office in improving the accuracy about amount of rain in different time span. Metrological department officials have been educating WASA officials about the operation and monitoring of the rain gauges. After the WASA officials would be trained, the administrative control of the motion 4 would be handed over to WASA authorities. The total cost of each rain gauge is approximately about Rs20,000, including installation cost. WASA MD Javed Iqbal told The Nation that the said four rain measuring equipments would go a long way towards improving the efficiency of the department. He said in the past, WASA used to be dependent on two rain gauges installed by Met office. Since the information taken from two sites could not provide the complete view about the size of downpour in various parts of the city, and department used to fail to respond, he explained. However, he was of the view that new rain gauges system would help WASA in fulfilling its responsibilities as per situation. Rain forecast for City Fairly widespread thunderstorm, rain with moderate to heavy falls at isolated places are expected across the country within the next 48 hours. Scattered rain over all divisions of NWFP, Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan divisions and at isolated places of Karachi, Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad and Zob divisions are expected. According to numerical weather prediction and meteorological analysis fairly widespread thunderstorm/rain with heavy falls at isolated places is expected over northern part of the country including upstream of rivers on August 18 and 19. Met office says that yesterdays low pressure area over northeast Madhya Pradesh now lies over western parts of Uttar Pradesh and adjoining areas while moderate southwest monsoon current is penetrating sub mountain areas of Punjab up to 5000 feet. The temperature has already fallen to 32 degree centigrade and minimum 25 degree centigrade as a result of yesterdays monsoon pressure, winds and rainfall at a dozen places in the country on Saturday.