Islamabad, Rawalpindi receive torrential rain

Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and surrounding areas received torrential rains today due to which low-lying areas submerged under water.

According to the Capital Development Authority, CDA staff is fully active and working for the drainage of rainwater from low-lying areas. All emergency response centers are fully functional, whereas all roads, nullahs, and drainage lines have been cleared. The CDA staff is present in the field and monitoring all the nullahs flowing in the federal capital.

On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has put all the relevant departments on alert in the wake of torrential rains in Rawalpindi and instructed to immediately start drainage work to remove water from low-lying areas.

In a statement, he said that all available resources will be utilized for drainage of rainwater and any negligence in this regard will not be tolerated. He directed the district administration, Provincial Disaster Management Authority and Rescue 1122 to make all necessary arrangements to cope with any situation as a result of torrential rains. He said officers should personally visit the field to monitor the efforts for drainage of rainwater instead of sitting in their offices.

It is also pertinent to mention that Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also received heavy rains and water level in low-lying areas in several parts of Upper Punjab too has submerged under rainwater.

Source: Radio Pakistan