Rawalpindi-The weather in various parts of the district turned pleasant on Monday after heavy rains.
The weather is expected to remain cloudy on Tuesday with a chance of thunderstorms and rain, according to the Met Office.
Met Office officials said the village of Saidpur received 8mm of rain, Bokra 14mm, Golra 11mm, PMD (H-8/2) 22mm, Shamasabad 17mm and Chaklala 30mm. The basin average was 13.45 where the water level at Katarian and Gawalmandi was 5 and 4 feet respectively, they said.
They added that the district government had also issued a pre-water alert: 11.4ft for Katarian while 8.3ft for Gawalmandi.
According to the details, heavy rains that battered the neighborhood on Sunday evening and Monday broke the heat wave.
The weather has turned pleasant due to heavy rains in and around Rawalpindi. However, rainwater also accumulated in major streets and roads including Nadim Colony, Mohan Pura, Arya Mohala, Raja Bazaar, Shakrial, Kuri Road, Pirwadhai Underpass, Committe Chowk Underpass, Saddar, Peshawar Road, Dhoke Syedan and GT Road and Adiala. The road was flooded due to a bad drainage system.
However, teams of officials and sanitation workers from the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) sprang into action under the command of Director General Muhammad Tanvir to pump out the water with heavy machinery to facilitate citizens.
WAPDA suspended electricity supply to many areas shortly after the rain, doubling the miseries of the citizens. There were intense power cuts in the areas of Adiala Road, Sadiq Town, Mumtaz Market, Ali Town, Jarahi, Khatanan and suburbs.
“We suffered a lot from the heat wave and the continuous load shedding. However, the two bouts of rain gave us some respite as the weather became pleasant,” said Ahmed Abu Bakar, a resident of Murree Road.
He added that the rains would also help solve the problem of water scarcity in the region.
Fellow citizen Amir Ali was of the view that recent rainy spells have flooded low-lying areas including Kuri Road causing hardship for residents.
A spokesman for WASA Umer told the media that heavy rains hit the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi in the past 24 hours. He said WASA staff are present on the roads and in the streets to help people and pump water as instructed by MD Muhammad Tanvir.
He said the Twin Cities had received 25mm of rain so far. He said the groundwater level has risen due to heavy rains. “It will also help reload WASA’s tubewells,” he said.
He said the district government and WASA were on high alert regarding the water level in Nullah Leh.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department forecast more rain across the country in the next 48 hours, while an alert was also issued to relevant departments.
Heavy rain hit the district on Sunday evening and Monday