Pakistan

LAHORE – The new spell of monsoon rains in the country lashed several localities of Lahore city on Friday morning. Davis Road, Samanabad, Canal Road, and Garden Town were among several other areas of the city receiving heavy rainfall.

At 20mm, Samanabad received the maximum rainfall this morning, followed by Jail Road which received 19mm of rain while the other localities including Airport and Johar Town received 10mm of rainfall.

Meanwhile, several other parts of the province including Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujranwala and surrounding towns also received moderate rainfall.

According to weather forecasting department, rains with thunderstorm are expected at isolated places in Mirpurkhas, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, D.I. Khan, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, upper FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next 24 hours.

Karachi recovers from downpour, but heavy clouds threaten to dampen Eid:

A day after raging downpours wreaked havoc in Karachi, the civil administration, with the help of the Pakistan Army and paramilitary soldiers, have managed to clear many areas of the metropolis affected by torrential rains.

However, there were light showers in some parts of the city on Friday too including Federal B Area, North Nazimabad, North Karachi and Paposh Nagar and more rain is expected on Saturday and Sunday, the first and second days of Eidul Azha.

Overall, 135mm rainfall has been recorded across the metropolis in the last two days, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said.
Despite the efforts to drain the water, some areas in the city are still submerged and motorists are stuck in massive traffic jams on Rashid Minhas Road and other major thoroughfares.

“Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers Sindh teams with de-watering equipment are busy round the clock to assist civil administration in clearing of areas affected by rain,” military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

The Karachi administration requested the Pakistan Army’s assistance to conduct rescue and relief activities in the city. The army extended its full assistance and water extraction pumps were immediately dispatched.