PESHAWAR - Like other parts of the country, heavy downpour badly affected the routine life of masses in Khyber Pakhtunkwha particularly Peshawar as water inundated slum areas and blocked vehicular traffic in the provincial metropolis.

Owing to overflow of canals, water entered areas like Zaryab Colony, Afghan Colony, Supply Road, Dilazak Road, Yousafabad, Rasheedabad, Madina Colony, Gulbahar Colony, Namak Mandi, Khyber Bazaar, Qissa Khawani Bazaar, Board Bazaar and Rampora Gate area.

The overflowing water inundated roads, fields and houses in various areas of Peshawar. Long queues of vehicles were seen on both sides of Charsadda Road, Khyber road and in parts of main GT Road.

Later in the day, people either returned or left their motorcars and bikes and crossed the water by walking. Residents complained that rainwater has also damaged their graveyards and houses. They said the water has also damaged their telephone landlines and in some areas electricity was also disrupted.

Some of the locals also criticised the town administration and municipal corporations’ staff for not in-time response to remove the houses’ waste and garbage lying along canal and roads. The staff of town Municipal Corporation failed to control the situation as blocking of various canals diverted the water flow towards main roads, which caused traffic jam.

The residents of different localities like Nothia, Civil quarters, Swati Patak, and Gulbarg area contributed on self-help basis to remove the water barriers to ensure smooth flow of water for avoiding pool on roads and streets. Staff of Town Municipal Corporation was also busy to cope with the situation but the continued rain further deteriorated the situation.

An official of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Metrological Department informed The Nation that Peshawar received 16 mm rain while 100 per cent moisture recorded in the air. They said that recent spill of rain will continue till Tuesday night.

Upper areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa include Chitral, Swat, Buner, Shangla, Kohistan, Hazara Division have also received heavy downpour. The recent shower has dropped temperature and increased the chill.