As sporadic spells of heavy monsoon rains began hitting Punjab’s most populous metropolis on Saturday, the city administration in Lahore was placed on high alert to handle potential eventualities.
The day began in the provincial capital with a cloudburst that swept the city and flooded the roadways and low-lying regions, stopping all activity.
The residents of the provincial capital wade across the flooded streets and roadways.
The Gulshan-e-Ravi neighborhood of Lahore had the heaviest rainfall, up to 201 millimeters, according to the Punjab’s Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA).
In the meantime, the AirPort saw 195 mm of rain, the Tajpura SDO Office region 193 millimeters, and Nishtar Town 190 millimeters.
At least 70 feeders of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) tripped as the rain lashed the city, cutting off power to a number of locations.
The effort to restore the power supply will begin soon, according to an LESCO representative.
Following the downpour, acting Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi went to several parts of Lahore to assess the situation.
He gave instructions to WASA and the city administration to use all available resources to immediately drain the rainwater from the roads.
Naqvi also gave instructions to the authorities to keep on the ground to deal with citizen complaints and boost the number of dewatering pumps placed in the city.
He also directed all-out efforts to maintain uninterrupted traffic flow.
The Met Office reported on Friday that monsoon currents are constantly entering the nation from the Bay of Bengal.
The higher regions of the nation are also being affected by a westerly trough that could linger for the next few days.
Additionally, it foresaw urban floods in Lahore’s low-lying neighbourhoods and other higher regions of the nation.