LAHORE - Widespread rain was reported in parts of the country including the provincial metropolis on Monday. The City received 16 mm rain at Jail Road while WASA observatories recorded 113 mm at Shahdara, 75 at Lahore Fort areas, 76 Misri Shah and 21 at Baghbanpura areas. Lahore suburbs and other districts of central and north Punjab also received rain. Before 8am, rain was recorded in 63 stations of Khyber Pk, Punjab, Balochistan, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and northern areas. The Met office termed it a local formation out of the moisture present in the air. However, another report of the Met office said that southeast and southwest monsoon current from Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea respectively was penetrating into sub-mountain areas of the Punjab and Kashmir upto 3,000 feet while yesterdays trough of westerly wave over northern parts of the country also persisted. As a result fairly widespread thunderstorm/rain with heavy falls at isolated places is expected over north Punjab, KP and Kashmir. The scattered thunderstorm/rain may also occur over south Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan. This would be the third onslaught of rain from both directions of southeast and southwest thereby meaning combined westerly and easterly which if strengthened by tomorrow could bring flash floods. The flood warning station said that there was no let up in the flood situation in the rivers. Indus was at exceptionally high flood at Guddu, Sukker, Taunsa and Chashma. Similarly, River Kabul was in high flood. All other rivers were in medium to low flood condition. The River Ravi at Balloki was also in low flood. The Met office say there was no truth in the news that India released excess water in Ravi and Chenab rivers. The Met Office has maintained that the DCO Lahore may have issued the statement to alert the citizens of possible flood who are going to River Ravi for recreation. As a result of Mondays rain, the temperature dropped in Lahore to 30 degree centigrade ie six degree lower than the Sundays temperature. As a result of rain, low-lying areas were inundated and the traffic blocked for a considerable time. The traffic even jammed even at the Shaarey Quaid-e-Azam due to stagnant rain water at GPO Chowk, old Anarkali, Nabha Road, Lower Mall Road, Sanda Road etc. More astonishing was the fact that there were no installation of pumps for immediate drainage of rain water from the City.