LAHORE: Rain – moderate to heavy – left many parts of the city inundated on Sunday.

Weather turned pleasant after the rain at many places including Faisal Town, Johar Town, Township, Lakshmi Chowk, Garhi Shahu, Jail Road, Kot Lakhpat, Iqbal Town, Ichhra, Mozang, Samanabad, Gulshan-i-Ravi, Mughalpura and Lower Mall. A maximum 121mm rain was reported in Johar Town.

A man drowned in rainwater at Bambia Stop near Mian Munshi (Bund Road) on Sunday. Locals and rescue officials pulled out the dead body from the water which accumulated on a road.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecast more rains in parts of the country. It predicted stormy rains in many areas of Punjab as a new spell of monsoon entered Pakistan on Saturday.

Meanwhile, provincial minister Aslam Iqbal and Wasa Managing Director Ghufran Ahmad visited Mozang and other areas to inspect rainwater drainage. The minister also visited the Wasa head office and was briefed on the Digital Complaint Management System.

Officials of Lesco, LWMC, MCL and other departments monitored the monsoon situation and safe city cameras also recorded the situation to help devise the plan to drain the rainwater.

Earlier, Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said the federal cabinet had declared a monsoon emergency and stressed there’s a need to be prepared for a new spell of rain which is starting in some areas of the country on Aug 7.

Published in Dawn, August 8th, 2022

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