LAHORE - The City received rains on Sunday, disturbing normal routine life by causing urban flooding, traffic mess and frequent electricity outages.

Inundated rainwater and slippery conditions caused massive traffic jams on important roads even on a holiday. Dozens of LESCO feeders tripped due to the rains, causing hours long inconvenience to people in major portion of Lahore.

The rains, however, provided respite to the people from the muggy weather prevailing for the last week.

Even 27mm rains submerged roads not only in low lying areas but also in several posh localities in knee deep water. It took hours to the Wasa to clear roads from inundated rainwater. Several localities could not be cleared even till filing of this report late night. The rains added to the woes and miseries of motorists and pedestrians. Many vehicles and motorcycles were seen broken down in various parts of the City. Massive traffic jams were witnessed at major City roads due to inundation of rainwater. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the City. On Sunday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 31 degree Celsius and 26C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 77 percent.

People come out of their houses in the evening to enjoy pleasant change in weather after the rains. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people including women and children in the evening. Huge rush was witnessed at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Racecourse Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jallo Park and Lahore Zoo in the evening.

According to the experts, well marked low pressure area lies over Indian Gujarat and adjoining areas of south Rajasthan.

Local meteorological department has forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of rains for the City during the next couple of days. Widespread rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy fall is expected in Gujranwala, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal divisions, Kashmir and at scattered places in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sargodha, Faisalabad and Sukkur divisions and FATA. Isolated rain-thunderstorm is expected in Zhob, Quetta, DG Khan, Multan, Mirpukhas divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan. Heat wave conditions in Karachi and adjoining areas are likely to subside on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Lahore received 27mm rains, Malamjabba 21mm, Islamabad 17mm, Kasur 15mm, Parachinar and Mirpurkhas 11mm each, Sialkot 09mm, Bahawalnagar, Kohat and Balakot 08mm each, Muzafarabad 07mm, Islamkot 06mm, Chachro 05mm, Mirkhani and Kakul 04mm each, Saidusharif 03mm, Kakul, Lower Dir and Drosh 02mm each. Provincial Disaster Management Authority has directed administration of all the districts to remain alert to cope with any emergent situation as Met office has forecast heavy rains during the next couple of days. Holidays of government departments throughout the province have been cancelled. DCOs have been directed to regularly inspect protective bunds and spurs and monitor the water situation.

Flood control rooms in all the districts have been activated and linked to master control room set up at PDMA. Instructions have been issued for immediate and speedy drainage of water in cities.