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Lahore’s First Rain Sparks Fire, Prolonged Power Outages

The initial monsoon rain in Lahore’s and Islamabad has filled different areas with water, which is challenging for the residents and the authorities. The downpour, over 100mm in some places, brought about catastrophic outcomes on infrastructure and day-to-day activities.

For instance, Qurtaba Chowk had the highest record of 110 millimeters of rainfall, while Lakshmi Chowk had 105 millimeters. Jail Road received 48 millimeters, the airport area 23 millimeters, and Gulberg got 76 millimeters. Mughalpura had 53 mm, Tajpura received 40 mm, Nishtar Town was 51 mm, and Chowk Nakhuda was 48 mm. Pani Wala Talab recorded a total of72mm, Farrukhabad had30mm, Gulshan Ravi got61mm, Iqbal Town recorded33mm, Samanabad having41mmand Johar Town amounting to12millimeter thus registering rainfall totals. Therefore, WASA teams were present all over the city, pumping out stagnating waters from both streets and residential areas.

However, LESCO’s transmission system failed to handle such an amount of rain, thereby tripping over one hundred feeders. Consequently, prolonged power cuts were experienced in many localities, adding discomfort due to heat and humidity. Even though these regions witnessed efforts by electrical linemen, electricity remained missing in many localities for hours, hindering daily routines and increasing frustrations among inhabitants.

Other parts of Punjab faced similar difficulties, where heavy storms accompanied by thunderstorm winds created flash floods in low-lying areas. Different cities turned their streets into flowing streams since their water levels rose rapidly due to a lousy downpour. Besides this, many feeders within this area also tripped, resulting in power shut-offs running for long periods.

Emergency services and authorities were on high alert in response to extreme weather patterns. Rescue teams were sent out to salvage stranded inhabitants and evacuate people from flooded areas. They labored to make sure the situation did not expand similarly by unblocking sewers and waterways so that they could drain more without problems.

Pakistan’s Meteorological Department has issued thunderstorm advisories for Kashmir, the higher Punjab, Potohar location, Islamabad, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Department predicted heavy rainfall in the affected areas. This weather condition poses a risk of more floods and landslides, so residents and local authorities in such areas must remain vigilant.

The significance of good urban planning, drainage systems. Disaster preparedness measures in this monsoon season are exemplified by such instances. It is increasingly clear that we must build infrastructure to withstand unpredictable extreme weather conditions. And harsher weather patterns associated with climate change will continue to threaten the safety and well-being of city inhabitants.

Citizens’ representatives urged people to use preventive measures and follow authorities’ guidance when moving around during heavy rains. Despite unfriendly climatic conditions, resilience among communities, especially during the aftermath of the first significant onslaught after the monsoon.

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