Heavy rainfall has caused chaos in Lahore and various cities across Punjab, leaving many areas submerged and streets inundated. The incessant downpour has led to knee-deep water accumulation in several locations, making it challenging for citizens to commute near Barkat Market, Gulberg, Kalma Chowk, and their adjacent areas. The situation has been further aggravated as approximately 80 feeders of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) tripped, disrupting power supply to numerous areas, including Gulberg and the Walled City.
The rainfall, occurring intermittently since 5 am, has affected both low-lying and developed areas. Unfortunately, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) and other civic authorities have yet to respond to the crisis, leaving vehicles stranded on flooded roads.
In Garden Town and Ferozepur Road, long queues of vehicles have formed as people heading to schools and offices struggle with the challenging conditions.
As the city continues to experience light to heavy showers, the highest recorded rainfall in Lahore has been in Tajpura with 190 millimeters, followed closely by the airport area with 188mm, Nishtar Town with 174mm, Gulshan-e-Ravi with 162mm, Gulberg with 158mm, and Johar Town with 135mm.
Imran Qureshi, the Director General of the Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority, has issued directives to all deputy commissioners to remain vigilant. He emphasized the importance of preparedness and instructed relevant departments to be on standby for emergency situations. Emergency operation centers in all districts, including the provincial control room, have been put on high alert.
Furthermore, Imran Qureshi has urged Rescue 1122 and other rescue organizations to keep their personnel and equipment ready for any potential rescue and relief operations.
In Karachi, the Meteorological Office predicts light to moderate rain for today and tomorrow. The city’s weather is expected to remain partly cloudy, with the absence of sea breeze. The minimum temperature in the city is anticipated to be around 28 degrees Celsius, with maximum temperatures ranging between 36-38 degrees.
Meanwhile, heavy rain has also been reported in various other parts of Punjab, including Shakargarh, Phoolnagar, Burewala, Renala Khurd, Pattoki, Hafizabad, Chiniot, and Nankana Sahib. This rainfall has brought relief from the recent warm and humid conditions but has caused power disruptions due to tripped electricity feeders and submerged low-lying areas.
The Meteorological Department has forecasted that the rain spell is likely to persist, prompting citizens to remain cautious and prepared for the ongoing inclement weather conditions.