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A Pakistani man rides on his donkey cart across a flooded street during heavy rain in Lahore on January 21, 2019. (Photo by ARIF ALI / AFP) — AFP or licensors

Lightning and heavy rain hits Karachi

Widespread rain expected in upper Punjab, KP, Islamabad, Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan during the next 24 hours.
Updated Jan 21, 2019 10:26pm

Karachiites witnessed spells of heavy rain across the metropolis on Sunday evening and Monday morning. The downpour limited citizens’ movement, reduced business activities, whereas traffic jams were also observed on various roads.

Till 10am on Monday, Karachi had received 20mm to 31mm rainfall in different areas.

“Another spell is, however, expected on January 29 and 30 due to low air pressure in the coming days,” said Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) official Rashid Ahmed.

Office goers and daily wage earners did face difficulties as public transport was largely not available in the city, while many of the school buses and van drivers also preferred not to pick students.

Late night showers did cause casualties, as two instances of electrocution were reported from Ajmer Nagri and Korangi areas of the metropolis.

According to PMD, more widespread rain is also expected in other areas of the country including upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan during the next 24 hours.

A westerly wave was still affecting most of the upper and central parts of the country and likely to persist in upper parts till Wednesday.

Commuters cross a flooded street after heavy rain in Karachi. —AFP
Commuters cross a flooded street after heavy rain in Karachi. —AFP

A large number of vehicles passing through rainwater accumulated at Korangi Crossing area of Karachi. —APP
A large number of vehicles passing through rainwater accumulated at Korangi Crossing area of Karachi. —APP

Commuters cross a flooded street after heavy rain in Karachi. —AFP
Commuters cross a flooded street after heavy rain in Karachi. —AFP

A family walks during heavy rain in Rawalpindi. —APP
A family walks during heavy rain in Rawalpindi. —APP

Motorcyclists brave heavy downpour in Lahore. —APP
Motorcyclists brave heavy downpour in Lahore. —APP

A couple travels on a motorcycle during heavy rain in Rawalpindi. —APP
A couple travels on a motorcycle during heavy rain in Rawalpindi. —APP

Vehicles passing through rainwater accumulated outside Hyderabad Railway Station. —APP
Vehicles passing through rainwater accumulated outside Hyderabad Railway Station. —APP