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    Tuesday, 3 July 2018

    16 people killed, 252 millimetres of rain played a havoc in Lahore

    Heavy rain of monsoon season continues in the provincial capital of Punjab province, Lahore on Tuesday.Six persons were electrocuted and another ten persons were killed due to collapse of walls,roofs and shades. Many trucks cars, vans and tralers capsized
    A total 252 millimetres of rain has been recorded in the city in the last 24 hours. However, the rain is still continuing to lash Lahore among other cities across Punjab.
    The death toll from rains in Lahore rose to six who were reportedly electrocuted. According to sources in Rescue 1122, two people were killed as the roof of their warehouse collapsed in Gumti bazaar owing to heavy downpour. Another person died of electrocution in China Scheme area of Gujar Pura.
    Due to heavy rainfall [continued from Monday night] three people were also reported killed Rescue sources further said that three others were injured as the roof of their house collapsed in China Scheme.
    Three people were reported killed on Monday night due to electrocution during the heavy rainfall. Two were electrocuted to death in Rewaz Garden while a third was electrocuted at Qurtaba Chowk, in the Old City area.
    The rainfall resulted in 150 electricity feeders tripping in the city, plunging different areas of the city into darkness.
    According to Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) officials, work is underway to bring electricity feeders back online.
    Moreover, the flow of traffic was severely affected as water accumulated in low-lying areas.
    A warning was also given out for Lahore airport due to the weather conditions, stating that routine flight operations may be affected.
    Meanwhile, residents of Lahore took to social media to slam the lack of preparations and the failed drainage system as roads were flooded following heavy downpour.
    Not only the Old City, but the posh areas of the Punjab capital were also inundated.
    The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast more rain in the next two days.
    On the other hand, the PMD has forecast rain along with thundershower with gusty winds in Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha and Faisalabad divisions along with Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). In light of the situation, the NDMA has also sent out a monsoon alert, warning that more rainfall is expected in the next 48 to 72 hours.
    According to the NDMA, there may be flooding in the River Ravi and areas connected to it. The alert has also said that there may be some urban flooding in Rawalpindi as well.

    Reactions to flooding

    According to South  Punjab News, citizens are unable to leave their houses due to heavy flooding on streets and main roads.
    Irked citizens were quick to remind former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif about his claims that his government has turned Lahore into Paris.
    One user said:
    "Finally Shahbaz Sharif succeeded in making Lahore into a European city. But its Venice, not Paris."Shahbaz Sharif, on the other hand, tweeted that he would be cancelling his meeting with the workers convention in Kasur due to "incessant rain" and that that the he hopes "that the caretaker administration is taking care of you in such torrential rains."Punjab Caretaker CM Hassan Askari, while visiting affected parts of Lahore, told the media that a committee will be formed to find out what caused the sinkhole at DPO Chowk.
    "Whoever is found responsible will be held accountable," CM Askari said while adding that the previous government is responsible for the chaos that has ensued because of the rains.
    Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan also visited the affected area and said that "[politicians] should know that they cannot face the people when they haven't spent their money properly."
    He also reminded the public that this election is the time for them to decide "if they still want to be ruled by these pharaohs who have taken turns to ruin this country in the past 30 years".

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