LAHORE - Parts of the country including Lahore received first significant pre monsoon rain yesterday, bringing the life to a standstill by causing urban flooding and massive power breakdown.

The downpour disturbed normal routine life in major cities as the rainwater inundated roads not only in low-lying areas but also in posh localities. Inundated rainwater caused massive traffic jams in urban areas.

The rains, however, provided respite to the people from the muggy weather prevailing in the plains for the last one week.

In Lahore, the rains started at 8am and continued for about three hours, turning roads and streets into lakes and ponds. A three year old girl drowned in inundated rainwater in Baghbanpura and over a dozen injured in roof and wall collapse incidents in different areas. Windstorm and rains caused tripping of more than 350 Lesco feeders, plunging half of Lahore in darkness for several hours. More than 100 feeders could not be restored even till late night.

As per the meteorological department, 81 mm rain was recorded at Airport Observatory, 72 mm at Gulberg, 65 mm at Misri Shah, 64 mm at Farrukhabad, 55 mm at Lakshami Chowk, 45 mm each at Upper Mall and Shimla Hill and 44 mm at Jail Road.

First heavy pre monsoon rains smashed to the ground tall claims of Wasa regarding its preparation for the rainy season as it took hours to the premier sanitation agency to clear roads from inundated rainwater. Major roads, not only in Northern Lahore but also in posh localities, were presenting pictures of lakes and ponds even hours after stoppage of rains. Many roads were not cleared from inundated rainwater even till filing of this report late night.

Many vehicles and motorcycles were seen broken down in various parts. Massive traffic jams were witnessed at major roads due to inundation of rainwater.

Roads along route of under construction Orange Line Metro Train, underpasses along the Canal Bank Road, Johar Town, Main Boulevard Gulberg, Lakshami Chowk, Mozang, Garhi Shahu, Chowk Nakhuda, Revaz Garden, Chuburji, Shaarey Fatima Jinnah, Sir Agha Khan Road, Hameed Nizami Road, Ghazi Road, Samanabad, Main Boulevard Iqbal Town, Ali Town, Judicial Colony, Westwood Colony, Wahdat Colony, Rehman Pura, Railway Road, Shadbagh, Circular Road, Saidpur, Shahnoor, Scheme Mor, Sabzazar, Abbot Road, Montgomery Road, Gawalmandi, Data Nagar, Nishat Colony, Tajpura, Mughalpura, Maskeen Pura and Joray Pul were the worst affected areas.

Heavy rains made weather pleasant by causing considerable decrease in temperature during the day and at nighttime. Maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 30 degree Celsius and 23C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 68 percent.

According to the experts, low pressure lies over north Balochistan with its trough extending south-eastward. Moderate moist currents from Arabian Sea are penetrating upper and central parts of the country and likely to continue during next 24 to 36 hours. A westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next 24 to 36 hours.

Local meteorological department has forecast hot weather for most parts of the country during the daytime. Rain/dust-thundershowers with isolated heavy falls accompanied by strong gusty winds are expected at scattered places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Hazara, Malakand, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, DI Khan divisions, Fata, Islamabad and Kashmir while at isolated places in Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Quetta, Zhob, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Sukkur, Larkana divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.