Heavy rains wreak havoc, 180 LESCO feeders trip in Lahore

Heavy rains pelted parts of Lahore, and its surrounding areas, causing waterlogging and traffic snarls during rush hour in the city.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to lash the city till Saturday, according to Pakistan Metrological Department. “Strong monsoon currents from Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal are likely to enter in upper parts of the country from Wednesday and likely to spread central and southern parts from Thursday to Saturday,” warned a press release from the Met office.

Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Sargodha are also expected to be inundated by water collected from the rains. Moreover, high floods are expected in the upstream of Mangla, River Chenab and Indus.

In Lahore, traffic jams were observed on the Mall road and other main thoroughfares of the city, causing trouble to commuters.

Separately, an alert has been issued by the weather office to concerned authorities, advising them to take precautionary measures.

Upon Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar’s direction, Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) established camps at 35 places in the city.

Due to heavy rains, power outage caused further misery to residents as 180 feeders tripped of Lahore Electric Supply Company. The LESCO spokesman said that after rain stops, the supply company will begin work to restore electricity.