LAHORE - Heaviest downpour during the current monsoon season spell was recorded 111 mm yesterday turned the roads and localities into ponds and streams, making life miserable of residents across Lahore.

The rain started around 7:45am in the morning and continued till 9:35am. Maximum rainfall recorded at Airport area was 111mm, Tajpura 82mm, Upper Mall 59mm, Jail Road 56mm, Johar Town 40mm, Gulberg 56mm, Shahi Qilla 40mm, and Allama Iqbal Town 28mm.

According to MET office, rain-thundershowers with gusty winds and with isolated heavy falls are expected at a number of places in Punjab, Islamabad, KP, Sindh and Kashmir, while at scattered places in  FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and eastern Balochistan.

In the wake of heavy rain, one Dehli bound flight PK 270-271 was cancelled while two flights PK 203 Lahore-Dubai and PK 652 Lahore-Islamabad were delayed at Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Downpour inundated the areas including Garden Town, Ichra, Mozang, Firdous Market J Block. Water entered into houses due to which citizens faced sheer difficulties.

The hard hit areas include at Ichra, Shadman, Muslim Town, Harbans Pura, Garhi Shahu, Ferozepur Road, Nawab Pura, Rehman Pura, and Sultan Ahmed Road; Supreme Court Lahore registry along with Nishtar Sports complex and Children Hospital were mostly waterlogged.

With no drainage system operational, rainwater in Cantonment Board Areas including Saddar Bazaar, Gol Chakar area, Dehli Road, Tufail Road, Sarwar Road and Zarar Saheed Road turned life miserable.

Worst traffic jam observed at Kalma Chowk, Canal Road and at main boulevard Gulberg. Heavy shower up to 110 mm was recorded by the Met office in one hour at Garden Town, Gulberg and adjoining areas.

Rain recorded in Murree (94), Islamabad (84), Mangla (51), Sahiwal (31), Rawalpindi (30), Okara (30), Bahawalnagar (25), Kasur (20), Jhelum (19), Jhang (17), M.B.Din (13), Multan (03).

Medical experts say in monsoon season, viral infections usually spread include dengue, cold, flu, food infection and by taking simple precautionary measures people can avoid these diseases. “Avoid catching fever and dining out during the rainy season,” suggests senior doctor Dr Munir.

National Agromet Centre, a meteorological service setup for agriculture sector in their advisory, said that farmers were advised to control further weeds growth at the present growing stages to stop any negative impact over the crops. Weeds removing practices should be started soon after expected rains.

Following the downpour yesterday, LDA Director General Nabeel Javed supervised Wasa’s post-rain operation for disposal of water from low-lying areas of city.

Wasa Managing Director Ch Naseer Ahmad claimed that the water and sanitation authority had already prepared post-rain plan to counter the situation, and took measures for quick disposal of rain water from the city.

According to the Wasa MD, all 108 disposal and lift stations were functioning to their full capacity besides the 40 sucker lorries and 59 de-watering sets installed at sensitive points in the city.

However, he blamed the ongoing Rs7 billion projects of changing of sewerage and water pipelines from Lawrence Colony to Gulberg, Shadman, Shah Jamal Ichraa, Samanabad.

“Another Rs2.5b project from Haji Chowk to Chauburji to River Ravi, when completed would be gamer changer and water logging in half of the Lahore would be resolved,” he added.

Lahore DCO Muhammad Usman said that the rain was unprecedented and the city government along with other departments concerned was in the field to facilitate the public. “We have derived a plan through which the situation in next monsoon will be better,” he further said.