Twin cities experience incessant rain, threat alert level raised

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July 28, 2021: After torrential rains in the twin Cities, roads began to look like ponds, while water flooded homes in several low-lying areas.

Heavy rains in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have caused rivers to overflow. A red alert was issued on the flood in Nala Lei while water entered houses in several areas. Water accumulated at several places including Islamabad Highway, Shakar Padiyan, Peshawar Mor, Ninth Avenue, Embassy Road, while rivers and canals flooded.

After the rain, water accumulated on the roads of Islamabad while the Peshawar turn on Srinagar Highway and the car under it sank in the rain water. Rescue workers pushed the vehicle out. After torrential rains in the twin cities, vehicles were swept away in rain water in Sector E-11 and D-12, videos of which are circulating on social media.

Traffic police have said that citizens should not use Peshawar Morh interchange on Srinagar highway in Islamabad and divert vehicles towards Ninth Avenue.

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqat in a statement released on social media site Twitter said that due to cloudburst in Islamabad, floods have hit various areas in the twin cities. Teams are clearing drains and roads, hopefully they will clear everything in an hour.

He appealed to the residents to cooperate and restrict unnecessary movement for the next two hours. According to DC Islamabad, the administration and other agencies have reached E-11, efforts are being made to improve the situation, the situation in some areas has improved considerably.

On the other hand, many low-lying areas of Rawalpindi city were inundated after the rains. The water level in Nala Lei also rose several feet. Water seeped into homes in several low-lying areas. The water level in Nala Lei has reached 21 feet. Alarm bells have been rung after the water level continued to rise.

Civil Defense and Rescue 1122 personnel have been deployed on the banks of Nalla Lei to deal with any emergency situation after red alerting the district administration, WASA and other concerned agencies.

In Rawalpindi, rains have caused water to accumulate in many areas including Dhok Kashmirian, Shakrala, Sadiqabad, Nadeem Colony, Arya Mohalla and Kuri Road. The accumulation of water on major highways including Murree Road, Rawal Road and Expressway also severely affected the flow of traffic.

According to the Meteorological Department, 122 mm of rain has been recorded in different parts of twin cities, Rawalpindi and Islamabad since last night while the Meteorological Department has forecast more rain for twin cities,  Rawalpindi, Islamabad and other parts of the country in the next 24 hours.

On the other hand, the Meteorological Department has forecast rain in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Mardan and Shangla in the next 24 hours in different parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to the meteorological department, rain is likely in Karachi, Thatta, Badin and Thar Parkar. Rain is also expected in Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to NDMA, urban flooding is expected in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Gujranwala while landslides may also occur in the upper areas.

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