RAWALPIDNI - At least three people got critically injured while electricity polls, wires, and trees damaged because of heavy rain that hit the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Monday early morning.

According to Director Met Office Dr Hanif, the federal capital received 161 mm rain while 62 mm rain was recorded in Rawalpindi.

“A monsoon low pressure area has developed over Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of Orrisa Coast. This weather system is likely to move westward in the next two days. Under the influence of this weather system strong monsoon currents would start to penetrate in Pakistan from Thursday to Sunday. Widespread monsoon rains with some heavy downpours in the country may generate urban and flash flooding in the vulnerable areas during the period,” said Meteorological department’s official weather advisory.

It said that scattered rain/thundershowers with isolated heavy falls are expected in Islamabad and Punjab on Tuesday/Wednesday. Widespread rain/thundershowers with scattered heavy falls are expected in Punjab from Thursday to Sunday.

The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) and Punjab Emergency Service (PES) Rescue 1122 issued warning by buzzing the alarms to high alert the inhabitants of low-lying areas located along with the banks of Nullah Leh to take precautionary measures as water level rose in the Nullah Leh.

Similarly, the water flow was also high in some other seasonal nullahs including Jirahi, Soan and Jawa in Rawalpindi creating problems for crops and the inhabitants residing along with the banks of the nullahs. However, no causality was reported.

According to details, the heavy downpour that started at 5:00am in the twin cities of Rawalpindi Islamabad had paralysed normal life after low-lying areas submerged by rainwater. The electricity polls and wires of high voltage fell at Chuhur Chowk causing loadsheeding in the nearby areas including Westridge, Shallay Valley, Misrial Road, Chakra, Dhoke Seydan. A heavy traffic snarl could be witnesses on Peshawar Road.

Three people of a family got injured when the wall of a house collapsed owing to torrential rain at Ammarat Institute on IJ Principal Road. Rescue 1122 shifted the injured persons to District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) for cure who later identified as Iqbal, 35, Akhter 30 and Gohar 27. Rescue 1122 informed media that the three people were sleeping when the wall fell burying all of them under the rubble. Getting information, the Rescue 1122 rushed to the scene and pulled out the victims under the rubble and shifted them to DHQ for medical treatment.

Similarly, roads and streets in many areas of Rawalpindi turned into ponds and people were facing immense difficulties as water entered their homes due the rain. Power supply was suspended in many areas after the snapping of high tension wires. The most affected areas include Misrial Road, Chakra, Westridge, Saddar, Adyala Road, Dhoke Seydan, Shakeryal, Kuri Road, Khana Kak, Commercial Market, Raja Bazaar, Morgah and Benazir Bhutto Road.

The drains and sewerage system got chocked because of heavy rain in many areas, exposing the poor performance of civic bodies including Cantonment Board, Chaklala Cantonment Board, WASA and Potohar Town.

Traffic blocked on all the major roads as traffic wardens did not assume their duties. The attendance in government, semi-government offices, schools, colleges and other departments remained low as people and students preferred to stay indoor.  

On the other hand, scores of people came out from their houses as the weather turned pleasant after the rain. Children came out on the streets to enjoy the weather. Citizens faced hardships as heavy rain also busy low-lying areas. In evening people thronged towards parks and other resorts to enjoy pleasant weather.