LAHORE - The Punjab capital received heavy rains on Tuesday, bringing life to a standstill by causing inundation in every nook and corner, massive traffic jams and frequent electricity tripping.

Windstorm and downpour caused tripping of dozens of Lesco feeders, causing hours-long power outages in several localities. Downpour added to the woes of motorists and pedestrians as rainwater inundated on roads and streets not only in low lying areas but also in several posh localities.

Due to lack of proper de-silting operation for years, major City roads were presenting pictures of lakes and ponds even hours after stoppage of rains. Drainage system of Wasa collapsed in several localities that caused the rainwater to enter houses and shops, damaging appliances and stock worth millions of rupees.

Even 16 mm rainfall in one hour smashed to ground the tall claims of Wasa regarding its preparation for the monsoon as it took hours to the sanitation agency to clear roads from inundated rainwater. Several roads, not only in Northern Lahore but also in several posh localities, could not be cleared even till filing of this report.

Massive traffic jams were witnessed on important City roads due to inundated rainwater. Several vehicles were seen broken down in knee deep rainwater in several localities. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of Lahore.

Lakshami Chowk, Waris Road, Abid Market, Shadbagh, Garhi Shahu, Shadman Roundabout, Ferozepur Road, Sharey Fatima Jinnah, Shaarey Majid Nizami, Lytton Road, Ek Moria Pul, Mauj Darya Road, Railways Station, Shah Alam, Chowk Nakhuda, Chuburji, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Samanabad, Islampura, Bhati Chowk, Ravi Road, Mozang, Cooper Road, Johar Town, Judicial Colony, Hameed Nizami Road, Main Boulevard Iqbal Town, portions of Canal Road from Thokar Niaz Baig to Bahria Town, underpasses along Canal Bank Road, Montgomery Road, Misri Shah, Singh Pura, China Scheme, Gujjar Pura, Harbanspura, Baghbanpura, Mughalpura, Lake Road, Mian Mir, Nabha Road, Jail Road, GPO Chowk, Tharenten Road, Empress Road, Hanjarwal, Mohlanwal, Shahdara, Begum Kot, Kot Khawaja Saeed, Sanda, Shera Kot, Sabzazar, Saidpur and a number of Metro Bus Stations were among the worst affected areas by the inundated rainwater.

Downpour led to the collapse of Lesco’s transmission system, suspending power supply to parts of Lahore. As many as 45 feeders tripped, resulting suspension of electricity supply for four to eight hours in many areas.

Samanabad, Allama Iqbal Town, Thoker Niaz Beg, Johar Town, Baghbanpura, Mozang, Walled City and Shahdrah remained without electricity for hours, exposing Lesco which claimed to be the most efficient power distribution company in the country. Many consumers complained that phone numbers mentioned on electricity bills were not responding when they tried to inform the officials about outages in their areas.

Majority of commuters avoided travelling through metro bus service as rainwater accumulated at various stations and ticket points from Shahdra to Gajumatta. The number of buses was decreased by almost half due to less number of passengers.

Overcast conditions, heavy rains and continuously blowing winds maintained the mercury to a low level, providing relief to the heat stricken people. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 34 degree Celsius and 24C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 75 percent.

People came out of their houses in the evening to enjoy pleasant weather conditions. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people including women and children. Huge rush was witnessed at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Racecourse Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jallo Park, Lahore Zoo and other picnic spots in the City. Massive traffic jams were witnessed on roads in the close vicinity of these picnic spots.

According to experts, well mark seasonal low lies over central Balochistan and its adjoining areas with its trough extending south-eastward. Monsoon currents are continuously penetrating into upper and south eastern parts of the country and likely to continue during the current week.

The local meteorological department has forecast cloudy weather with chances of rains for Lahore during next couple of days. Met office has forecast widespread rain/thundershower for Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir. Scattered rain/thundershowers are expected in Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, DG khan, Bahawalpur, Zhob, Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan, Mirpurkhas, Larkana, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Karachi divisions, Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Rains are also expected at isolated places in Bannu, DI Khan, Sibbi, Kalat and Nasirabad divisions. Isolated heavy falls are expected in Kashmir, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Hazara, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions during the period.

Unstable weather conditions and significant monsoon rains have increased risk of flash flooding in local streams and nullahs of Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, eastern Balochistan and Kashmir during next three days. People living in low lying areas along the streams and nullahs are advised to remain careful during next couple of days.

On Tuesday, Rawalpindi received 88mm rainfall, Mandi Bahauddin 74mm, Islamabad 65mm, Murree 43mm, Risalpur 34mm, Peshawar 31mm, Mangla 28mm, Balakot 27mm, Toba Tek Singh 23mm, Garhi Dupatta and Skardu 22mm each, Sialkot and Jhelum 17mm each, Lahore 16mm, Malamjabba 14mm, Muzaffarabad 12mm, Chakwal 11mm, Kotli and Parachinar 10 mm each, Rawalakot 07mm, Kakul 05mm, Lasbela and Saidu Sharif 04mm each, Gujranwala and Cherat 03mm each, Gujrat, Kalam, Lower Dir, Drosh and Gupis 02mm each, Astore and Quetta 01mm each.