Rains expose federal capital territory woeful drainage system, 3 killed


ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI July 13 (TNS) Heavy rains have left several low-lying stretches of residential and commercial localities in twin cities water-logged on Thursday.

Residents, whose houses have partly gone under water, are left with no choice but to wait for the water to drain. The rains have yet again exposed the lack of proper drainage facilities in twin cities.

Islamabad received the heaviest rain of the monsoon season Thursday morning flooding underpass of Peshawar More built at a cost of billions of rupees, which resulted in slowing the traffic and pushing it to the sides of the road. The Kashmir Highway was full of mud and CDA sanitary worker along with a tractor trolley were seen cleaning the road.

The situation was no different at Faizabad and Pir Wadhai Chowk, where knee-deep water accumulated leading to massive traffic jam. The 9th Avenue also witnessed pools of water at a couple of  places at Faiz Ahmad Faiz Metro station forcing the motorists to move to the service roads.

Numerous drivers whose vehicles were stuck up in the water blamed that the water accumulated because the CDA staff failed to clear the water channels along the 9th Avenue before monsoon rains which were full of mud and wild grass blocking the water outlet from the road.

Rescue sources said that dilapidated wall of a mud-stone made house located in slum area of Sector I-9 of the Federal Capital came down as heavy rain lashed the city.

Three people including husband, wife and their daughter were buried under the debris and died before they could be rescued. The rescue personnel pulled out the bodies from the debris and shifted them to hospital where they were handed over to heirs after postmortem.

In Rawalpindi, Nullah Lai that winds throughout the city recorded water flow of 18 feet at Katarian and Dhoke Kala Khan. The rain that started after 4 AM continued till 7.30 on Thursday morning. Dhoke Kala Khan and other low lying areas came under water whereas shops, houses, streets and roads were inundated with rain water giving sight of streams.

Citizens said garbage thrown in the Nullah causes blockages despite the fact that the RMC has given a contract to a company to collect garbage and its disposal.

In other parts of the country rains have created immense difficulties for the locals, badly affecting their routine life. Peshawar and Charsadda have witnessed severe rain that caused damage to the houses and shops.

According to details provided by the Met office, the rainfall at different stations was: Islamabad:   Saidpur 76, Golra 52, Bokra 35, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad 97, Chaklala 70), M.B din 83, Gujranwala 61, Sialkot 47, Murree, Faisalabad 46, Gujrat 35, Jhelum 31,Mngla 24, Okara 23, Bahawalnagar, D.G khan 20, Multan 12, Chakwal, Kamra 09, Lahore (Pbo 07, A/P 05, Punjab Uni 02), Kot Addu 07, Jhang, T.T.Singh  04, Bahawalpur,  Bhakkar 02, Joharabad, Mianwali 01,Kahmir: Muzaffarabad 61, Garidupatta 33, Rawalakot 15, Kotli12, KP: Peshawar 44, Malamjabba 33, Chrat32, D.I khan 21, Kakul 17, Balakot 07, Kalam 07, Saidu sharif 04, Kohat 02, Pattan, Bannu, Risalpur 01,Balochstan: Barkhan 09, Zhob 06, Khuzdar 03, ormara 02, G.B: Gupis 05, Gilgit 03, Bunji, Astore 02, skardu01, Sindh: Karachi 01.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy to very heavy falls expected at scattered places in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, FATA and Kashmir. Rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls expected at scattered places in southern Punjab D.G.Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal divisions), Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 48 hours. Light rain/drizzle is also expected at a few places along Sindh coast.