ISLAMABAD, Dec 28: While people in the twin cities enjoyed the winter rains and also got relief from upper respiratory tract infections caused by dry weather, some localities, especially in Rawalpindi, faced severe gas shortage on Friday.
“This is strange and awkward, there is no gas even on Friday,” said Shafiq Haider, who arrived in the city from Saudi Arabia along with his family to spend holidays with his cousins living at Double Road. As CNG stations remain closed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, domestic consumers are supposed to get uninterrupted supply.
The rains accompanied by cold winds started Thursday night and continued throughout the day on Friday.
“When it is time to enjoy the weather by sitting around the heater and sipping hot tea, there is no gas even on the CNG loadshedding days,” said Mr Haider. Similar complaints were also received from many other areas of Rawalpindi.
However, despite the cold weather and troubles related to driving like poor visibility, the residents of the twin cities enjoyed the rains. This could be witnessed by looking at the rush around restaurants and roadside stalls of tea, coffee and soup.
Compared to the day earlier when the maximum temperature was nine degrees Centigrade, the westerly weather pattern brought the daytime mercury in Murree to zero degree in the afternoon.
The weather system, after causing precipitation in Iran and Afghanistan, entered Pakistan on Thursday night, bringing the rains and snowfall in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Punjab, northeast Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Apart from the hills of Galiat; Kalam, Chitral and Malamjabba also received two feet snowfall. Six-inch snowfall was also recorded at Chirat.
The Met Office said Rawalpindi received 31mm and Islamabad 36mm rainfall. The maximum temperature in Islamabad dropped from 18 degrees Centigrade on Thursday to 10 degrees on Friday.
Besides, Malamjabba received 56mm rainfall, Pattan 51mm, Dir 45mm, Risalpur 38mm, Saidusharif 35mm, Chirat 30mm, Skardu 28mm, Muzaffarabad 27mm, Rawalkot 26mm, Garidopatta 20mm, Chitral 19mm and Balakot 16mm rainfall.
The western weather system is expected to subside by early Saturday which would add to the foggy conditions in the plain areas of Punjab, Peshawar, Swabi and some other parts of KP.
Our correspondent from Murree adds: Heavy snowfall in the tourist resort town put traffic out of gear besides causing power outages.
Till filing of this report on Friday evening, Murree and its adjoining areas had received about two feet of snowfall. The Met Office has forecast more snowfall during the next three days. The snowfall coupled with fast blowing winds further made the weather chilly.
A large number of tourists have thronged Murree and there were long queues of vehicles on all the roads here. The local administration has advised the tourists to use the old Rawalpindi-Murree-Kashmir Highway instead of the expressway to avoid problems.Meanwhile, supply of electricity to the town remained suspended for more than six hours on Friday.