Heavy downpour lashes Islamabad, Rawalpindi
14 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Heavy monsoon downpour accompanied by strong winds lashed Islamabad, Rawalpindi and adjoining areas on Tuesday.
According to Met office, 190mm of rain has been recorded in Islamabad during the last twenty-four hours.
Following heavy rainfall on Tuesday morning, the local administration has declared emergency and asked its operational wings to be ready.
Meanwhile, due to the of water in Nullah Leh troops of Pakistan Army have been deployed at sensitive locations along both banks of the nullah.
According to the Metrological Department (Met), the city received around 96mm of rainfall while its surrounding areas have received over 198mm of rainfall.
Sirens have been sounded to alert the people living close to Nullah Leh as the water level has surged to 22 feet (dangerous level) near New Katarian and 25 feet (crossing dangerous level) under Gawalmandi Bridge.
Rainwater has submerged low-lying areas near Katarian, Javed Colony, Aryan Mohallah, Gawalmandi, Millat Colony, Mohallah Workshopee, Gawala Road, Ratta Amral, Dhoke Ratta, Phagwari and Mohllah Raja Sultan.
Executive District Officer Raja Zaheer said that the rainwater has entered various houses in low-lying areas, where district administration along with all operational wings are actively engaged to evacuate the residents and shift them to safer places.
He said troops of Pakistan Army have been called in to tackle any emergency at Katarian and Gawalpindi bridges, adding that the troops are fully equipped to carry out all kind of rescue operation. Commissioner Chaudhry Khalid Masood and District Coordination Officer Sajid Zafar visited different sections of the Nullah Leh and monitored the water situation.
They also directed Rawal Town Administrator Chauhdhry Muhammad Ali Randhawa and Executive District Officer (Municipal Services) Raja Zaheer to ensure close coordination with all the departments concerned for effective rescue and relief operation.
According to the Flood Control Room, more than 44mm of rain has been recorded at Nullah Leh.
People living in low-lying areas have been asked to move to safe areas.
According to rescue officials, water has reached alarming levels at Nullah Leh. They said that sirens have been sounded to alert the people living close to Nullah Leh as the water level has risen to 22.60 feet at Katarian and 19.36 feet at Gawalmandi. The dead level is about 18 feet.
Rain has also inundated low-lying areas of Rawalpindi.
Meanwhile, spillways of Rawal Dam have also been opened to discharge the additional water.