LAHORE - Parts of the country including Lahore received rainfall of varying intensities yesterday, disturbing routine life by causing urban flooding, massive traffic jams, frequent outages and severe water shortage.

Rain-thunderstorms occurred at a number of places in upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, FATA and Kashmir and at isolated places in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Heavy rains submerged roads not only in low-lying areas but also in posh localities in knee deep water in major cities including Lahore. Inundated rainwater caused massive traffic jams in urban areas. The rain coupled with windstorm, however, made the weather pleasant by causing considerable decrease in temperature during the day and at night.

In Lahore, the sky remained covered by thick clouds throughout the day. After scattered drizzle in the morning and at noon, strong winds started blowing in the evening that followed by heavy rains, inundating roads and streets not only in low lying areas but also in several posh localities.

Major roads, not only in northern Lahore but also in several posh localities, were presenting pictures of lakes and ponds even hours after stoppage of rains. The rains added to the woes and miseries of motorists and pedestrians. Massive traffic jams were witnessed at major roads due to inundation of rainwater. The localities along route of under construction Orange Line Metro Train were worst affected.

Windstorm and rains caused tripping of more than 100 Lesco feeders, plunging major portion of Lahore in darkness. More than a dozen feeders could not be restored even till filing of this report. The outages also disturbed operation of Wasa tubewells, causing severe water shortage in a number of localities.

Overcast conditions, windstorm and rains made the weather pleasant by causing considerable decrease in the mercury level during the day and at nighttime. Maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 31 degree Celsius and 27C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 28 percent.

People came out of their houses in the evening to enjoy pleasant change in weather after the monsoon rains. 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 and Jallo Park.

According to experts, seasonal low lies over northeast-Balochistan and adjoining area with its trough extending southeastward. Good monsoon currents are penetrating upper and central parts of the country. A westerly wave is also affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next couple of days.

Local meteorological department has forecast more rains for Lahore during the next couple of days.

Rain-thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds with isolated heavy falls are expected at a number of places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal divisions, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, FATA and Kashmir, at scattered places in Bahawalpur, DG khan, Multan, Zhob, Kalat, Nasirabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan. Light rain is also expected along Sindh-Makran coast.

Expected heavy downpour may cause flash flooding and landslides in the vulnerable areas of Punjab, KPK, GB and Kashmir. Rain coupled with glacier melt water may result in GLOF events in vulnerable areas of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Yesterday, Gujranwala received 199mm rain, Gujrat 158mm, Sialkot 123mm, Rawalpindi and Islamabad 88mm each, Kotli 86mm, Kakul 79mm, Jhelum 77mm, Mangla 74mm, Murree 56mm, Mandi Bahauddin Din 55mm, Joharabad 54mm, Malamjabba 53mm, Sargodha 49mm, Rawalakot 33mm, Lower Dir 32mm, Chakwal 29mm, Pattan 25mm, Saidu Sharif 22mm, Risalpur 21mm, Peshawar 20mm, Cherat 19mm, Dir 15mm, Panjgur 10mm, Balakot 08mm, Parachinar 05mm, Garidupatta 04mm, Astore 03mm. Nokkundi, Khuzdar and Muzaffarabad 02mm each and Kohat 01mm.