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Ban imposed on swimming in Ravi River, canals in Lahore amid flood threats

06:01 PM | 22 Jul, 2023
Ban imposed on swimming in Ravi River, canals in Lahore amid flood threats
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LAHORE – A ban has been imposed on swimming Ravi River and canals in the Punjab capital owing to threats of rising water levels and flooding amid monsoon spell in the region.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), in an alert, said that the central region, including Lahore, has been facing a flood situation for several days as India is releasing more water in Sutleh and Ravi rivers due to torrential rains in its northern states.

Another spell of monsoon rains hit Lahore and other cities of Punjab early Saturday. At least two deaths were reported in different areas of the provincial capital.

In view of the situation, Lahore Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rafia Haider has issued a notification, stating the public while visiting Ravi and canals, do boating and play on their banks will put their lives at risk.

 “Heavy rain spell[s] this season may cause unfortunate incidents of drowning and loss of precious human lives,” read the notification.

“In my opinion, there are sufficient grounds to proceed under Section 144 of the Cod of Criminal Procedure, 1989, as an immediate prevention and speedy remedy in the matter and directions, hereinafter are necessary to prevent loss of human lives and disturbance of public peace and tranquillity in Lahore district,” it added.

Therefore, a prohibition has been placed on “swimming/ bathing/ boating in River Ravi and canals besides playing on the banks of these water bodies in Lahore district” from July 22 to July 28.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 4 March 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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