Due to heavy rain in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, the low-lying areas were flooded, electricity supply was suspended and the life system was disrupted.
The rain started in the city today at around 7:15 am and according to the data released so far by WASA Lahore, the highest rainfall was recorded in the Gulash Ravi area of 201 mm.
After that, 195 mm of rain was recorded in Airport area, 193 in Tajpura, 190 in Nishtar Town, 180 in Lakshmi Chowk and Johar Town, 175 in Paniwala Talab, 172 in Cordoba Chowk and 166 mm in Mughalpura.
Due to the rains, low-lying areas were flooded, underpasses and roads started to look like ponds.
Due to heavy rains, water is standing in many places in the city, especially in Lakshmi Chowk, Johar Town, Harbanspora, Iqbal Town.
Village under water due to flood in Ravi river
After the level of river Ravi rose due to rains, the water breached the banks and entered several villages of Multan Road due to which their land connection with other areas was cut off.
Villages of Nano Dogar, Hukaman Ka Wada, Vastian, Nola Wala were affected by the flood.
Residents of the village said that the protective embankment was weak and had not been repaired for a long time due to which the embankment broke and water entered the villages.
The local people said that due to the breach of the protective dam, water flowed into several villages, which destroyed the crops standing on sectors of land.
Residents of the village alleged that the administration did not come to their aid and people are waiting for government assistance under the open sky.
Due to heavy rain in Lahore all kinds of activities of citizens along Ravi Bank have been banned
On the other hand, in view of the continuous increase in the water level in the Ravi river due to heavy rain, the district administration issued an alert and banned all kinds of activities along the Ravi river.
Deputy Commissioner Lahore Rafia Haider has issued a notification, preventing the citizens from bathing, boating or going for any purpose in the river.
According to the notification, there is complete prohibition to go near the river for any kind of recreational or business activity.
The Deputy Commissioner directed the citizens to keep a close watch on the children, do not allow them to bathe or play, and to move their families and livestock living on the river bank to a safe place.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the water level is continuously increasing, the public’s cooperation is requested, the loss can be avoided only with the public’s cooperation in the hour of difficulty, the district administration is ready to deal with any emergency situation.
Power supply interrupted
Regarding the situation of electricity supply in the city after the rain, the spokesperson of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) said that the electricity supply has been temporarily suspended due to the tripping of 70 feeders of LESCO due to the rain.
The spokesperson said that the LESCO field staff has been put on high alert, however, due to heavy rain, they are facing difficulties in the power restoration works, which will be started as soon as the power restoration works stop.
In a statement, LESCO management requested consumers to stay away from electrical installations during rains in view of the inclement weather and avoid high voltage wires, illegal constructions, stalls or stalls under transformers.
The spokesperson said that they should especially urge their children to stay at least 10 feet away from electrical installations while playing in the streets, and in case of power outages, inform LESCO and wait for the staff to come.
Rains are forecast across the country from July 22 to 26
It may be noted that the Meteorological Department had predicted heavy rains between July 22 and 26 in view of monsoon winds entering the country from the Bay of Bengal and a westerly wave affecting the upper regions of the country. In the advisory issued by the Department of Meteorology, it was said that during this time, due to heavy rain in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujranwala and Lahore, there is a risk of landslides in the mountainous areas of Murree, Gilat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The advisory, from July 22 to 26 in Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Murri, Gilat, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Gujarat, Kasur, Mianwali, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Jhang, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chitral, Dir, Swat, Shangla, Bunir, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad. , Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, DI Khan, Bannu, Kirk and Waziristan with intermittent rain with strong winds/wind and thundershowers while heavy downpour is also likely at some places.
The Meteorological Department said that during this time in Balochistan, Zhob, Shirani, Barkhan, Mosikhel, Kohlu, Nasirabad, Jhal Magsi, Loralai, Ziarat, Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbela, Awaran, Kech, Panjgur, Tharparkar, Umarkot, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Dadu, Shaheed Benazirabad, Hyderabad, Sanghar, Badin, Thatta and Karachi will be strong. Intermittent rain with gale/wind and thundershowers while heavy rain is also expected at few places.
Moderate flood at three places in Indus River
According to the Provincial Department of Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), there is a low-level flood in the Indus River at Tarbela Kala Bagh and Chashma.
Director General of PDMA Imran Qureshi said that the inflow of water at Kala Bagh is 2 lakh 76 thousand 327 cusecs, the outflow is 2 lakh 68 thousand 827 cusecs.
Moreover, the inflow of water at the source in Indus River is 3 lakh 64 thousand 739 cusec while the outflow is 3 lakh 60 thousand 858 cusec.
PDMA said that there is a low-level flood in Chenab river at Marala where the inflow of water is 160 thousand 36 cusecs while the outflow is 11 lakh 11 thousand 36 cusecs.
Apart from this, the inflow of water at Jasar in Ravi river is 43 thousand 80 cusecs and the outflow is the same, while the water inflow at Shahdara is 26 thousand 711 cusecs and the outflow is also the same.
The PDM said that the flow of water in the river Sutlej, Ravi and Jhelum is normal, the flow of water in all rivers, bridges, dams and canals is being continuously monitored, and the control room is monitoring the entire situation in Punjab.
The Director General of PDMA said that steps are being taken to evacuate the population connected to the rivers and canals, the administration should take care of the basic needs of the displaced persons.