Islamabad: Heavy rain and hailstorm lashed the twin cities on Sunday night and Monday evening, causing massive traffic jams due to water logging. Water logging was reported in several areas of Rawalpindi while in some parts of the city, rain has flooded the basements of apartments in low-lying areas.
Within an hour of the shower, there was a chaos on almost all the major roads as traffic signals did not function properly and choked drains flooded the streets in both cities.
Meanwhile, trees in some parts of Islamabad were uprooted due to heavy rainfall, causing traffic jam in many areas. The rain started at around 8pm on Sunday but it was comparatively slow. Heavy rain started to fall on Monday evening and lashed many areas of the twin cities. Ankle-deep water accumulated on roads in the capital, while roadside drains on the Expressway were filled to the brink and low-lying residential areas in Rawalpindi suffered minor incidents of flash flooding.
Some areas of Rawal Road near Sherpao Colony, streets in Sadiqabad, Dhoke Khabba, Arya Mohalla, Nadeem Colony and Javed Colony were inundated for a few hours.
A resident of Rawalpindi’s Dhoke Khabba area, Abideen Hussain, said that the residents were worried that water might enter their homes. The area was partially damaged during the rain last year when a nearby stream, which drains into Nallah Leh, overflowed.
A resident of Islamabad said, “People had barely started to rebuild their homes and shops which were damaged in the earlier flooding, so more rain is scary.”
The heavy rain on Monday washed away the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) tall claims of monsoon preparedness as various sectors of the city experienced water logging and traffic congestions.
The rain water gushed into houses in the slum areas of sector G and F, while residents remained busy in removing rainwater from their houses. On the other hand, the rain spell turned the weather cold. Rain that started on Sunday night made the traffic situation worse on IJP Road, Kashmir Highway, Express Highway and other major and minor roads in sector G6, G7, G8, G9, I8, I9 and I10 as these areas experienced traffic snarls due to water logging and breakdown of traffic signals at some places.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted cold winds after two days of consecutive rain. Media department of PMD predicted widespread rain-thunderstorm and snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, Upper/Central Khyber Pakhtunkhua (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu divisions.), Islamabad, Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad divisions), scattered rain in DI.Khan, Multan, Sahiwal, DG.Khan, Bahawalpur and Zhob divisions.
Heavy rainfall/hailstorm accompanied with gusty winds is also expected in Kashmir, Hazara, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions during the next 24 hours.
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