RAWALPINDI Heavy downpour in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad caused Nullah Leh to overflow and floodwater entered houses located in low-lying areas on Thursday night. After the flood situation in the Nullah Leh due to torrential rains, City District Administration and Punjab Emergency Service, Rescue 1122, started evacuation of people residing along the banks on Nullah Leh bank as well as from other affected areas. People were shifted to safer places. Meanwhile, emergency was declared in Rawalpindi city and all concerned departments including WASA, Civil Defence, Rescue 1122 and Tehsil Municipal Administrations (TMAs). In Rawal and Pothohar Towns, Police and City District Administration were put on high alert to cope with any flood situation in Rawalpindi. The rains in the Twin Cities started on Tuesday night and hit particularly hard on Thursday night, reaching more than 185 mm, which caused a Flood in the Nllah Lai. The rescue teams of District Administration, Army Jawans, Civil Defence and Rescue 1122 remained present and alert in the affected areas and helped the citizens in getting them evacuated from their houses and getting their essential domestic goods shifted to safer places. Army Jawans helped out the people trapped in some areas with boats and life saving jackets. Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, Zahid Saeed, made all the rescue, relief and administrative departments alert and active to cope with any untoward situation. On the instructions of Commissioner Rawalpindi, DCO Imdad Ullah Bosal monitored all the relief activities to help and evacuate people living in low-lying areas. Four relief centres and ten evacuating centres were immediately established when the water started rising in the Nullah Leh and the teams of Civil Defence, Rescue 1122, TMAs and other relief providing departments moved quickly to get the people evacuated from those areas which might be affected due to flood water. The relief centres established by the Rawalpindi District Administration included Government Islamia High School No.1, Liaquat Bagh, Government Islamia High School No 4, Murree Road, FG Boys High School, Mareer Hasan, Government Girls High School, Khyaban-e-Sir Syed, Government Girls School, Safdarabad, Government School, Babu Lal Hussain Road and Government School, Rata Amral. District Government also established a Central Flood Control Centre to coordinated relief activities effectively having phone No.051-5550352. Till filing of this report, the floodwater in Nullah Lai was running at a rise of 26 feet and the floodwater ran into the some of the houses located on the banks of the Nullah Lai and low lying areas like Nadeem Colony, Dhok Ratta, New Kattarian, Dhok Hassu and Dhok Khabba. According to reports, the rescuers, Civil Defence and Army transferred at least 170 families residing along with or nearby the flooded Nullah Lai. In some areas, the rescuers had to face resistance, as the families were not ready to leave their houses. However, Army and other rescuers evacuated them forcefully. Floodwater also damaged Dhoke Ratta Bridge partially on which the authorities asked the residents of Dhoke Ratta and Mohan Pura to leave their houses as water could enter in these areas any time. According to some locals the water level in Nullah Lai was upto 30 feet which damaged their houses and other luggage badly. Traffic was diverted from Dhoke Hassu Road due to water accumulating there, causing traffic snags at IJ Principal Road and Bakery Chowk. Similarly all small and big seasonal Nullahs also over flowed, which caused nearby houses to flood. Meanwhile, a person was killed while a woman and a girl sustained injuries as a two-storey building caved in at Loharan Wali Street, Pirwadhai owing to heavy rain here late Thursday night. The injured women and girl were transported to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) by Rescue 1122 for medical treatment. The woman was, later, identified as Khanum Bibi while the girl known Alam Bibi, 13. The dead person has been recognized as Haider Khan. As per details, the two-storey building was collapsed in Loharan Wali Street at Pirwadhai during torrential rain hit the city late night. Soon after the incident, the locals rushed to the scene and started rescue work. The officials of the City District Government and police high-ups also reached there and reviewed the rescue operation. As the downpour damaged the electricity system in the twin cities, the locals kept removing the ruin of the building by keeping the head lights of motorbikes on. Later, Rescue 1122 reached the spot and helped the locals in rescue work. The rescuers pulled out a woman namely Khanum Bibi and one Alam Bibi from the rubble of the building and brought them DHQ, where they were being treated by the doctors. It is feared that many inhabitants could be buried alive under the rubble of the collapsed building. However, the rescuers remained busy in removing rubble of the building till the filing of this report. Meanwhile, a building also collapsed in Zia Colony of Pirwadhai owing to heavy rain while no causality was reported. The rescuers reached the spot and started rescue and relief work.