Lahore: The city administration in Lahore has been put on high alert to deal with a possible emergency as intermittent heavy monsoon rains started affecting Punjab’s most populous city once again on Saturday.
The day began with a cloudburst in the provincial capital that flooded roads and low-lying areas, throwing life out of gear.
Citizens walk through streets and roads filled with rainwater in the provincial capital.
Punjab’s Water and Sanitation Agency said Gulshan-e-Rawi area of Lahore received the highest rainfall of 183 mm.
Meanwhile, 156 mm of rain was recorded in Johar Town, 152 mm in Laxmi Chowk area and 151 mm in Nishtar Town.
As it rained in the city, at least 70 feeders of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) went down, causing power outages in several areas.
Lesco spokesman said that soon the work of restoring power supply would be started.
Taking cognizance of the matter, Interim Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi visited various areas of Lahore to inspect the situation after the rains.
He directed the city administration and WAS to drain the rain water from the roads expeditiously using all available resources.
Naqvi also ordered the officers to increase the number of dewatering pumps installed in the city and to be in the field to solve the problems of the citizens.
Apart from this, he also ordered to make every possible effort to keep the traffic running without any hindrance.
On Friday, the Meteorological Department said that monsoon currents from the Bay of Bengal are continuously entering the country.
A western trough is also affecting the upper parts of the country which is likely to persist for the next few days.
It also warned of urban flooding in low-lying areas of Lahore and other upland parts of the country.