Lahore has broken a 30-year-old record as the city received heavy rain on Wednesday, which resulted in the death of at least six people.
According to the details, Lahore received over 290mm of rain within a span of 10 hours and several people lost their lives in the metropolis. “Three people were electrocuted, two died after roofs collapsed, and a child drowned after rain water accumulated,” Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi told journalists.
Commissioner Lahore, Mohammad Ali Randhawa, said that more than a dozen areas in the city recorded more than 200mm of rain, adding that it is happening due to climate change and strong monsoon.
The city’s administration is buy at work to ensure drainage of rainwater and MD Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) Ghafran Ahmed has stated that low-lying areas would be cleared within a few hours.
According to WASA Monsoon Control Room, Lahore’s Lakshmi Chowk received 291mm of rain, Nishter Town 277mm of rain, Qurtaba Chowk 270mm. Gulshan-e-Ravi 268mm, Pani Wala Talab 268mm, Johar Town 260mm, Taj Pura 249mm, and Iqbal Town 232mm.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has stated that monsoon rain across Pakistan till 8th June, which means that Lahore might get another spell of rain during this period. Today’s rain has already caused massive inconvenience to the city’s residents with major roads being waterlogged.