Downpour submerges low lying localities, roads in Lahore, kills 8, brings ‘city of gardens’ to a standstill

Downpour submerges low lying localities, roads in Lahore, kills 8, brings ‘city of gardens’ to a standstill

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LAHORE: Lately, at least eight people were killed and almost 50 others wounded due to rain-related incidents here in the city as heavy showers flooded the city of gardens, media sources reported.

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The uninterrupted 10-hour thunderous monsoon rain, which was recorded at over 280 millimetres (mm), continued to lash Lahore endlessly, sweeping away the local municipality’s commitments to keep the city safe and clean.

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The torrential shower downed roads, houses, and cars, as drains and canals overflowed and flooded thoroughfares and other main roads of Lahore, turning underpasses into swimming pools.

At certain places, citizens who were stuck due to the rainwater had to be recovered using boats.

On the other hand, a sinkhole — 20 feet deep and 200ft wide — appeared on the Mall Road, in front of the General Post Office (GPO), with another one of 50ft appearing at some distance.

Flights in and out of Lahore were also impacted by the unexpected thundershower, with many being postponed.

Apart from Lahore, on the other hand, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Okara, Multan, Jhang, Chiniot, Peshawar, Mardan, and Islamabad also experienced significant rainfall.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Kohat, Zhob, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, and Dera Ghazi Khan are forecasted to receive heavy rain today.

 

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