Rain emergency has been declared in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. As it continually rained in the twin cities for hours rain emergency was issued. Almost 202 milliliters of rainfall was recorded in Rawalpindi and 162 milliliters of rainfall was recorded in Islamabad.
Precautionary measures have been taken by relevant authorities as the water level went up to 11ft in Nullah Lai. A red alert is issued by authorities to different departments including Civil Defence, Rescue 1122, WASA.
Due to heavy rainfall commuters had to suffer. Flooded roads, streets, made it impossible for people to reach their destination on time. Thus the citizens of twin cities were stuck in traffic for hours.
Different areas in Rawalpindi including Sadiqabad, Shamsabad, Committee Chowk and Javed Colony were totally flooded.
Other than traffic issues, the electricity went down in some areas as more than 70 feeders tripped in Islamabad.
Islamabad Electric Supply Company said, “The repair work is underway to restore electricity in the affected areas.”
More rain is expected in other parts of Punjab including Hazara, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions, Islamabad, Kashmir, Malakand, Peshawar, Mardan, Bannu, D.I. Khan, Zhob, Mirpurkhas, Bahawalpur divisions, and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The rainfall came as a blessing for the dried up dams in the cities.
As per this tweet
“Moment when RawalDam’s spillways opened. Water level at RawalDam has reached to its (full) capacity 1752 feet due to heavy Rainfall in Rawalpindi & Islamabad Rain.”
Moment when #RawalDam's spillways opened. Water level at #RawalDam has reached to its (full) capacity 1752 feet due to heavy Rainfall in #Rawalpindi & #Islamabad #Rain#Rains pic.twitter.com/UOQJ0gBrXz
— The Times of Karachi (@TOKCityOfLights) August 7, 2018
Here is the traffic update
“Due to heavy rainfall in twin cities, several areas are facing flash floods. Traffic is either very slow or totally stuck in many parts of the city. Please avoid unnecessary travel and if you must travel, take maximum precautions.”
Due to heavy rainfall in twin cities, several areas are facing flash floods. Traffic is either very slow or totally stuck in many parts of the city. Please avoid unnecessary travel and if you must travel, take maximum precautions. #DriveSafe #Rawalpindi #Islamabad #Rain #traffic
— Routes.Pk (@RoutesPk) August 7, 2018
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