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Met office issues flood warning

Monday, August 05, 2013
Staff Report 
LAHORE: Met Department has issued a flood warning for adjoining area of Ravi River and stated that a low-level flood was in the river while City District Government had erected temporary banks near river to save areas from flood water.
Meteorological office confirmed that 40,000 to 50,000 cusecs of waters is being passed through River Ravi. The met officials furthers informed that this seasonal monsoon rains spell will continue for another three to four days.
Most of the adjoining areas of the city were severely hit as standing water on the roads and streets entered the houses, while markets were inundated without any immediate help and rescue from the city administration.
Met officials said more rains would be expected with thundershower and gusty winds at scattered places of Upper Punjab including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha divisions), Malakand, Hazara divisions Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has been failed once again to drain rainwater which was accumulated in low-lying areas after heavy rainfall. Besides residential societies and shopping markets of the metropolis turned into pools and caused breeding ground for dengue larvae. 
The main roads of the city including Gulberg main boulevard, Davis Road, Canal Road, Campus Underpass, Zahoor Elahi Road, Shadman, Mozang, Ichhra, Township, Johar town, Firdous Market, Kashmir Road, Butt Chowk and Peco road are still presenting a view of puddle. Traffic remained clogged on various roads of the city especially on Ferozepur Road, from Mozang to LOS Chowk, exposing the incomplete planning of the concerned civic agencies.
Butt chowk and township were the most effected areas, while on the other hand almost all small parks, situated in various housing societies were full of rainwater which caused dengue larvae breeding.
WASA spokesman said department had shortage of funds as more than 65 tube wells were being run on generators during the 10 to 12 hours of electricity load shedding while the department could not utilise funds for rain water drainage from parks.
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