Rain turns weather pleasant in twin cities

*Rainwater inundates roads, causes traffic jam

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: The weather turned pleasant after rain lashed the twin cities on Monday.Giving the much-needed respite, the rain which started late on Sunday night led to drop in mercury by several degrees in the twin cities. According to the Ministry of Water and Power, the electricity demand has decreased due to the pleasant weather after the rain.The much-awaited rain provided relief to the heat and load-shedding-hit citizens. Meanwhile, heavy rain which lashed the city on Monday exposed the performance of the civic authorities, as streets and roads, particularly in low-lying areas, remained inundated for many hours.All kinds of traffic, including ambulances, remained stuck on roads, particularly Benazir Bhutto Road, Sihala Road, Airport Road, Dhamial Road, Adiala Road, Chakri Road, Golra Road, Tench Bhatta, and Peoples Colony for a long time. The rainwater gushed into the houses and shops in the low-lying localities of the city and the residents remained busy in removing stagnant water. The rainwater accumulated on roads due to the choked drainage system.The residents of the low-lying localities, particularly Nadeem Colony, Imambara Mohallah, Arya Mohallah, Dhoke Khabba, Tipu Road, Gawalmandi, Ganjmandi, Rahimabad, and other areas faced difficulties during heavy rain as the rainwater entered into their houses.Talking to the media personnel, the affected residents said that the rain paralysed their routine life as the rainwater gushed into their houses and shops. Faisal, a shopkeeper of Peoples Colony, said that the rainwater started flowing into their shops due to choked drains. “The rainwater gushed into our houses and shops, and there was a flood-like situation, which was due to bad sewerage system,” he said. 

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