Heavy rainfall in Lahore, death toll increasing

Heavy rain of monsoon season continues in the provincial capital of Punjab province, Lahore on Tuesday.

A total 252 millimetres of rain has been recorded in the city in the last 24 hours. However, the rain is still continuing to lash Lahore among other cities across Punjab.

The death toll from rains in Lahore rose to six. According to sources in Rescue 1122, two people were killed as the roof of their warehouse collapsed in Gumti bazaar owing to heavy downpour. Another person died of electrocution in China Scheme area of Gujar Pura.

Due to heavy rainfall [continued from Monday night] three people were also reported killed Rescue sources further said that three others were injured as the roof of their house collapsed in China Scheme.

Three people were reported killed on Monday night due to electrocution during the heavy rainfall. Two were electrocuted to death in Rewaz Garden while a third was electrocuted at Qurtaba Chowk, in the Old City area.

The rainfall resulted in 150 electricity feeders tripping in the city, plunging different areas of the city into darkness.

According to Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) officials, work is underway to bring electricity feeders back online. 

Moreover, the flow of traffic was severely affected as water accumulated in low-lying areas. 

A warning was also given out for Lahore airport due to the weather conditions, stating that routine flight operations may be affected.

Meanwhile, residents of Lahore took to social media to slam the lack of preparations and the failed drainage system as roads were flooded following heavy downpour.

Not only the Old City, but the posh areas of the Punjab capital were also inundated.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast more rain in the next two days.

On the other hand, the PMD has forecast rain along with thundershower with gusty winds in Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha and Faisalabad divisions along with Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). 

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