LAHORE - Parts of the country including Lahore received heavy rains on Tuesday, bringing the life to a standstill by causing urban flooding, massive traffic jams and hours long power outages.

Widespread rain-thunderstorm occurred in Islamabad, Punjab, Hazara division, Kashmir and at scattered places in Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat divisions, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The rains disturbed normal routine life in major cities including Lahore as the rainwater inundated roads not only in low-lying areas but also in several posh localities. Inundated rainwater and slippery conditions of roads caused massive traffic jams in urban areas.

The rains, however, made weather pleasant by causing considerable decrease in the mercury level. In Lahore, the rains started last night and continued intermittently throughout the day on Tuesday.

The wet conditions and strong winds caused tripping of over 150 Lesco feeders, plunging major portion of Lahore in darkness. Dozens of feeders could not be restored even till filing of this report late night. Mozang, Icchra, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Samanabad, Chuburji, Walled City, Shahdara, Dharampura, Baghbanpura, Garhi Shahu, Johar Town, Thokar Niaz Baig, Judicial Colony, Ali Town, Township, Green Town, Cantonment, Journalist Colony, Harbanspura, Fateh Garh, Mughalpura, Dharampura, Barki Road, Jallo, Ghaziabad and Shalamar Link Road were worst affected by tripping and hours long power breakdown.

Strong winds caused felling of trees and branches, hampering smooth vehicular movement on a number of roads including the Canal Bank Road.

Bursts of heavy rains at noon turned City roads and streets into lakes and ponds. Major roads, not only in Northern Lahore but also in several posh localities, were presenting pictures of lakes and ponds even hours after stoppage of rains. Many roads were not cleared from inundated rainwater 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 on major City roads due to inundation of rainwater.

Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the City. Underpasses along the Canal Bank Road, Main Boulevard Gulberg, Lakshami Chowk, Garhi Shahu, Chowk Nakhuda, Mozang, Tharenten Road, Revaz Garden, Westwood Colony, portions of Raiwind Road, Chuburji, Aziz Road, Shaarey Fatima Jinnah, Hameed Nizami Road, Mason Road, Zeldar Road, Ghazi Road, Samanabad, Main Boulevard Iqbal Town, Wahdat Colony, Rehman Pura, Railway Road, Shadbagh, Circular Road, Saidpur, Shahnoor, Scheme Mor, Sabzazar, Abbot Road, Judicial Colony, Montgomery Road, Gawalmandi, Data Nagar, Abdul Karim Road, R A Bazar, Nishat Colony, Nishter Town, Tajpura, Mughalpura, Maskeen Pura, Ali Town, various roads in Johar Town, portions of Canal Road from Tokar Niaz Baig to Jubilee Town, China Scheme, Sultan Pura, Duban Pura, McLeod Road, Sir Agha Khan Road, Railways Station, Nicholson Road, Empress Road and Joray Pul were the worst affected areas as far as inundation of rainwater in concerned.

On Tuesday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 26 degree Celsius and 20C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 100 percent. According to the experts, westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country. Moist currents from Arabian Sea are penetrating into upper and eastern parts of the country.

Local meteorological department has forecast cloudy weather with chances of rains for the City during the next 24 hours. Met office has forecast widespread rain-thunderstorm (with isolated heavy falls) for Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and at scattered places in upper KP ( Malakand, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions), Sargodha, Sahiwal divisions, Islamabad and upper Fata. Isolated heavy falls are expected in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

On Tuesday, Lahore received 142 mm rain, Bahawalnagar 109mm, Okara 100mm, Bahawalpur 87mm, Mangla and Shorkot 85mm each, Sahiwal 83mm, Rawalakot 80mm, Sialkot 77mm, Jhelum 70mm, MB Din 65mm, Kotli 61mm, Murree 60mm, Faisalabad 58mm, Gujrat 53mm, TT Singh 48mm, Sargodha 47mm, Garhi Dupatta 43mm, Kasur 42mm, Gujranwala 37mm, Parachinar 33mm, Skardu 31mm, Astore 30mm, Chakwal 29mm, Kakul 25mm, Jhang and Muzaffarabad 23 mm each.