Lahore:torrential rain that lashed the city on Saturday morning.

Scores of localities were inundated and the rainwater could not be cleared from many localities till in the evening despite tall claims by the government.

The only road that remained unaffected by the very heavy rain was the pathway of the metro bus service, indicating the need for also investing funds in improving the city’s age-old run-down drainage system and road network.

Power supply was disrupted in majority localities in the city immediately after rain began. Overhead wires fell, sparked and terrified people. The power supply could not be restored for several hours in many localities. Some still missed it by Saturday evening.

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Rain also lashed several cities in the country because of a pre-monsoon system and a westerly wave over the upper parts of the country.

The torrential rain in Lahore that began late last night continued till in the morning. It was accompanied by a windstorm having a velocity of 60km per hour, uprooting trees, plants and bill boards and leveling houses.

Parveen, 60, her daughters Uzma, 14, Ismat, 16, and Hussain, 6-month, were killed as the roof of their house collapsed at Qainchi Amar Sidhu. Parveen’s husband Khushi Muhammad, a son and a daughter were injured.

Ahad Khan, a watchman, was killed when the roof of his room caved in at Shawala Chowk, Singhpura. His friend Shahid Khan was injured.

In Sittara Colony, Kamahan Road, Abbas and his two children, Wasim, 6, and Irum, 3, were killed as the roof of their house collapsed. His wife Irshad Bibi and three children sustained injuries.

At Bedian Road, Chungi Amar Sidhu, Ali Hasan, 7, was electrocuted as an overhead electricity wire fell on him during the rain storm.

In Hanjarwal, Muhammad Ashraf and Khurshid Alam were electrocuted as an iron bar they were unloading from a truck touched an overhead electricity wire during the rain.

According to Rescue 1122 several other persons too were injured in rain related incidents in different parts of the city.

Meanwhile, rain kept life disrupted in the city throughout the day. The Met office recorded 102mm of rain at its Jail Road observatory and 92mm at the airport.

It inundated low lying areas not only in the main city but also in localities like Gulberg. A large number of cars and motorcycles broke down on the submerged roads during the rain storm and afterwards, causing a great deal of inconvenience to people and disrupting traffic.

Pedestrians and motorcyclists took shelter as the windstorm began to uproot trees and bill boards.

Some of the streets and localities that were submerged included Lakshmi Chowk, Jail Road and Muslim Town underpasses, Multan, Road, Wahdat Road, Ferozepur Road, The Mal, Main Boulevard Gulberg, Gadhafi Stadium, Barkat Market, Garden Town, Model Town, Sabzazaar, Marghazar, Chauburji, Samanabad, Bahawalpur Road, Mozang, Shara-e-Fatima Jinnah, Lawrence Road, Shahrah-i-Awan-i-Tijarat, Ravi Road, G T Road, Lahore Hotel Chowk, Shimla Hill, Allama Iqbal Road, Gulshan-i-Ravi, Wapda Town, Valencia, Dubanpura, Mustafa Town, Thoker Niaz Baig and Cantonment.

Roads in some Wapda Town blocks were inundated as a local drain spilled over.

Earlier, the Met office reported widespread rain in the country. Toba Tek Singh received 50mm of rain, Jhelum 39, Kotli 37, Rawlakot 36, Murree 35, Jhang 50, Sahiwal and Bannu 29 (each), Okara, Muzaffarabad and Sialkot A/P 25(each), Noorpur Thal 22, Sialkot cantt 12, Johrabad 20, Islamabad Z/P 18, Kakul 17, Faisalabad 15, Mangla 12, Saidu Sharif 10, Badin 9, Malam Jabba 7, Chitral and Sargodha 6(each), Bahawalnagar 5, Mirkhani and Garhi Dupatta 4(each), Pattan and Bunji =03 (each), Bhakkar, Gujranwala and D I Khan 2 (each).

The Met office forecast widespread thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds, heavy falls at isolated places, over northeast Punjab, DG Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, D I Khan, Bannu, Kohat divisions, Waziristan and northeast Balochistan in the next 24 hours. Fairly widespread thunderstorm /rain with gusty winds may occur over Sahiwal and Malakand divisions, north Punjab (including Islamabad), Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

Scattered thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds would occur over Peshawar, Mardan divisions and Sindh.

Lahore will also receive more rain that can be heavy at times.

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