SIALKOT

In Sialkot, the first heavy rain of this monsoon spell has exposed the negligence of Sialkot Tehsil Municipal Administration as all the main city roads have been submerged by rain and sewerage water.

The affected areas include Model Town, Kutchery Road, Paris Road, Abbot Road, Jail Road, Railway Road, Mujahid Road, Shahabpura Road, Rangpura, Hajipura, Prem Nagar, Pooran Nagar, Commissioner Road, congested Allama Iqbal Chowk, Khadim Ali Road, Sialkot Airport Road and Hajipura Road and all the surrounding residential, industrial and commercial areas including Railways Station, District Jail and other roads leading to the Sialkot International Airport.

All the choked sewerage and drainage lines were overflowing after the rain in Sialkot city. The areas remained knee-deep submerged due to which several transport vehicles were struck on these roads.

When contacted, Administrator Tajjamal Abbas Rana said that the cleanliness of all the seasonal Nullahs was underway. Meanwhile, the electricity and telecommunication systems have been badly damaged due to which electricity remained suspended for several hours on Saturday. The Sialkot city remained inundated the whole day, badly paralysing all the civic, business, trade and social activities.

The officials of Sialkot MET office have forecast more heavy rains in the region and in all the catchment areas of neighbouring Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

Simultaneously, the rain pleased those victims of prolonged outages and hot weather. The Gepco as usual remained merciless and it continued 18 to 20-hour outages. All the 10 Ramazan bazaars were also inundated in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils, as the torrential rain lashed out the Sialkot region.

There was knee-deep water in these bazaars till after noon, which kept the buyers away.

The supply of the daily-use commodities including fruit and vegetables was also delayed due to heavy rain and these commodities reached there after noon. The rain began during Sehar early in Saturday morning.

The rainwater also inundated all the low-lying urban and rural areas and paralysed all the political, social, trade and business activities forcing the people to come out on the roads and in the streets to enjoy. The sizzling hot weather-beaten people enjoyed the pleasant weather after the heavy rain as winds were continuously blowing. On the other hand, the paddy growers warmly welcomed the heavy rain and termed it conducive for the under cultivation paddy crops.