Monsoon downpour lashes twin cities; teen loses life in Pindi

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: A teen lost his life at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Road, as the monsoon showers exposed the competency of the Rawalpindi and Islamabad administration authorities, putting lives and valuables of thousands at risk.According to reports, a teenager died when the ceiling of his home came down because of the heavy rain bursts at Adiala Road on Sunday. Various nullahs in the twin cities have been over flooded and the water is coming out of their banks, creating problems for the traffic as well as commuters. The rainwater submerged in the low-lying areas near Katarian, Javed Colony, Aryan Mohallah, Imambargah Chowk, Sadiq Abad, Naseerabad, Dhoke Sayedan, Gawalmandi, Millat Colony, Mohallah Workshopee, Gawala Road, Ratta Amral, Dhoke Ratta, Phagwari, and Mohllah Raja Sultan. The rainwater has entered into the homes in various areas, irking problems for the locals. In Rawalpindi, huge panic has encircled those residing adjacent to Nallah Lai and Gawalmandi because of the rising water level in the nullah, however no unpleasant situation was reported.Many areas, especially the Katchi Abadis in the capital, especially those situated on the banks of the nullahs and adjoining localities of Nullah Lai in Rawalpindi are facing the low flood-a-like situation. Due to the construction work of the metro buss project the situation became unbearable for the traffic flow because of mud and filth in various areas of the twin cities, especially on the Murree Road, Sector G9, and Blue Area, putting commuters into trouble. The hospitals in the twin cities were also witnessing the rush of patients because of the rain and weather related diseases.Meanwhile, the local administration has already alerted its all departments concerned to be ready to handle any natural disaster. The Metrological Department of Pakistan has already forecasted about the continuation of the monsoon rains in various parts of the country including Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, Azad Kashmir, and Islamabad. According to the met office, 41mm rain has been recoded in the capital where as the city of Rawalpindi witnessed 37mm rain. The heavy rain showers are likely to persist for the next 24 hours in Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujaranwala, Lahore division, Hazara, Kohat, Peshawar, Qallat, Makran division, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Malakand division, Bannu, and Dera Ismael Khan.On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has taken immediate notice of the accumulation of rainy water in the low-lying areas of Rawalpindi due to torrential rain. He has directed the administration and the elected representatives to take emergent steps for draining-out the rainwater, and has directed the departments concerned to remain present in the field for the disposal of the rainwater. He said that all-out resources should be utilised for immediate resolving problems of the citizens, with regard to the disposal of rainwater.

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