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Blessing or curse? Monsoon rain disrupts life in major cities

Published Jun 29, 2017 07:47pm

First widespread monsoon rains over upper Punjab, including Lahore, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Gilgit Baltistan on Wednesday and Thursday proved a great relief against the extremely muggy weather the people braved during the first two days of Eid even though it carried with it problems like landsliding and flooding of low-lying areas.

Heavy rain disrupted routine life in Karachi, sending low-lying areas inundated with accumulated rainwater.

The first spell of the monsoon rains lashed the port city Wednesday evening and a large area of the city plunged into darkness as hundreds of feeders of K-Electric tripped.

A motorcyclist pushes his bike through rainwater in Karachi's Ayesha Manzil area after first monsoon rain in the port city.— Online
A motorcyclist pushes his bike through rainwater in Karachi's Ayesha Manzil area after first monsoon rain in the port city.— Online

A view of a vehicle that ran over the greenbelt in Rawalpindi during the rain.— APP
A view of a vehicle that ran over the greenbelt in Rawalpindi during the rain.— APP

People buy food items from vendors outside the Badshahi Mosque during light rain in Lahore.— Online
People buy food items from vendors outside the Badshahi Mosque during light rain in Lahore.— Online

Motorists on their way during first monsoon rain in Karachi.— Online
Motorists on their way during first monsoon rain in Karachi.— Online

A view of a fallen tree due to heavy monsoon rain in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.— Online
A view of a fallen tree due to heavy monsoon rain in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.— Online

Karachi is plunged into darkness after the rain.— Online
Karachi is plunged into darkness after the rain.— Online

Commuters travel on a street during a heavy rain shower in Karachi on June 28. — AFP
Commuters travel on a street during a heavy rain shower in Karachi on June 28. — AFP

Motorists pass through stagnant rainwater on Shahrah-i-Pakistan after first monsoon rain in Karachi.— Online
Motorists pass through stagnant rainwater on Shahrah-i-Pakistan after first monsoon rain in Karachi.— Online

KMC staffers drain out stagnant rainwater from Karachi's Tower area.— Online
KMC staffers drain out stagnant rainwater from Karachi's Tower area.— Online

A motorcyclist passes through stagnant rain water in Lahore.— APP
A motorcyclist passes through stagnant rain water in Lahore.— APP

Boys walk through stagnant rainwater in Karachi's Mehmoodabad area.— Online
Boys walk through stagnant rainwater in Karachi's Mehmoodabad area.— Online

Commuters pass through stagnant rainwater during heavy downpour in Lahore.— PPI
Commuters pass through stagnant rainwater during heavy downpour in Lahore.— PPI