Longed monsoon claims six more lives
July 22, 2010
RE -Various parts of the country including the City received heavy rains on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, playing havoc with public life and property in low lying areas and bringing the life to a standstill in major cities by causing urban flooding.
Experts have predicted the wet spell to continue with intervals during the next couple of days.
Dozens of people lost their lives or injured in rain related mishaps across the country. Lahore received 150 mm rain.
The downpour disturbed normal routine life in major cities including Lahore as the rainwater inundated roads not only in low-lying areas but also in several posh localities. Inundated rainwater caused massive traffic jams in major cities including Lahore.
In Lahore, at least five people including a woman died and over 40 sustained multiple injuries in rain related mishaps in different areas due to heavy rains.
Imran (12) and Bilal (08) received sever shock after touching livewire in Chungi Amar Sadhu and died on the spot. In Nain Sukh area, Azeem Bibi (35) received severe shock when she touched a wire. She died on the way to a hospital. Tufail (65) was buried alive when the roof of his dilapidated house in Kot Kamboh caved in. In Bata Pur area, Imran (24) received critical injuries when the roof of his house collapsed. He died on the way to nearby hospital.
Toni (55), his son Hamza (08) and daughter (15) received injuries when the roof of his collapsed inside Delhi Gate.
Safian (Sabzazar), Zeeshan (Shahdara), Aslam (Shahdara Mor), Ghulam Hussain (Chungi Amar Sadhu), Ashraf and Nabila (Shahdara), Ateeq (Data Darbar), Imran (Sama-nabad), Iqbal and Liaquat (Samanabad), Arslan (Fero-zewala), Ayoub (Multan Chungi), Anwar (Hussain Chowk Gulberg), Shahdin (Mughalpura), Safarash Ali (Ravi Road), Amjad (Singh Pura), Idrees (Misri Shah), Zafar (Yadgar Chowk), Manzoor Ali (Iqbal Town), Rehman (Sabzazar) and Safdar (Duban Pura) received injuries in roof and wall collapse incidents. Eight persons in Jane Mandir area and another five in Gulberg also received injuries in roof and wall collapse incidents.
The rains started early morning and continued intermittently till at noon, turning roads and streets into lakes and ponds and it took hours to WASA to clear inundated rainwater. Many roads were not cleared from inundated rainwater even six-eight hours after stoppage of rains. The rains added to the woes and miseries of motorists and pedestrians. Many vehicles and motorcycles were seen broken down in various parts of the City. Massive traffic jams were witnessed at major City roads throughout the day.
Lakshami Chowk, Kashmir Road, Qartaba Chowk, Sher-anwala Gate, Shaarey Quaid-e-Azam, GPO Chowk, Garhi Shahu, Chowk Nakhuda, Mozang, Revaz Garden, Chub-urji, Shaarey Fatima Jinnah, Hameed Nizami Road, Ichra, Ghazi Road, Sama-nabad, Main Boulevard Iqbal Town, Wahdat Colony, Reh-man Pura, Railway Road, Shad-bagh, Circular Road, Sabzazar, Abbot Road, Mon-tgomery Road, Gawalmandi, Data Nagar, inside Delhi Gate, Bhaati Gate, Masti Gate, Davis Road, R A Bazar, Nishat Colony, Tajpura, Joray Pul, Eik Moriya Pul, Do Moriya Pul, Bank Road and Aziz Road were the worst affected areas.
On Wednesday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 29.2 degree Celsius and 25 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 100 percent which decreased to 77 percent in the evening.
People come out of their houses in the evening to enjoy pleasant weather after the downpour. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people including women and children in the evening. Huge rush was witnessed at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Racecourse Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jallo Park and Lahore Zoo in the evening.
According to the experts, seasonal low lies over northeast Balochistan and adjoining areas. A trough of westerly wave persists over northern parts of the country. Southwest monsoon current from Arabian Sea is penetrating sub mountainous areas of Punjab and Kashmir upto 7000 feet.
Local meteorological department has forecast cloudy weather with chances of rains for the City during the next 24 hours. Met office has forecast fairly widespread rains with isolated heavy falls over north Punjab, Khyber Pk and Kashmir. Scattered rain is also expected over Gilgit-Baltistan, south Punjab, northeast Balochistan and Kalat division.
On Wednesday, Kamra received 124 mm rain, Bannu 103 mm, Garhi Dupatta 88 mm, Hatian Bala 87 mm, D I Khan 80 mm, Peshawar 67 mm, Muzaffarabad 63 mm, Kakul 62 mm, Faisalabad 61 mm, Palandri 60 mm, Rawlakot 57 mm, Murree 55 mm, Sialkot 43 mm, Kallar 34 mm, Jassar and Islamabad 28 mm each, Jhang 20 mm, Kotli 18 mm, Mandi Bahauddin 13 mm, Noorpur Thal 12 mm, Balakot and Zhob 11 mm each, Sargodha 10 mm, Cherat 09 mm, Dir 07 mm, Mangla 05 mm, Hazara, Jhelum and Saidu Sharif 02 mm eachMirkhani 01 mm while Gilgit, Bunji, Chilas, Drosh, Skardu, Toba Tek Singh and Shorkot received traces of rain.
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