Thursday, September 28, 2023

Seven Lives Lost as Highest Rainfall in Decades Hits Lahore City

On Wednesday, Lahore experienced continuous heavy rain that broke a 30-year-old record, with the city receiving more than 290mm of rainfall in just 10 hours. Sadly, at least seven people lost their lives due to the severe rain, as confirmed by Punjab interim Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi. He stated that three people were electrocuted, two died from collapsed roofs, and a child drowned in accumulated rainwater.

Commissioner Lahore Mohammad Ali Randhawa reported that the city received 291mm of rain, with over a dozen areas recording more than 200mm of rainfall. Commissioner Randhawa attributed these extreme weather conditions to climate change and a strong monsoon.

The city administration, along with the Water and Sanitation Authority (Wasa) Lahore, is working diligently to ensure proper drainage of rainwater. MD Wasa Ghafran Ahmed assured that low-lying areas would be cleared within a few hours once the rain subsides.

The Wasa Monsoon Control Room provided rainfall data, indicating that areas like Lakhsmi Chowk received 291mm of rain, followed by Nishter Town with 277mm, Qurtaba Chowk with 270mm, Gulshan-e-Ravi with 268mm, Pani Wala Talab with 268mm, Johar Town with 260mm, Tajpura with 249mm, and Iqbal Town with 232mm.

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