Heavy showers on Monday morning set alarm bells ringing after the water in Nullah Leh touched the 21-foot mark and rainwater began gathering in low-lying areas.
According to the Met office 70 millimetres of rain was recorded in Rawalpindi and the catchment area of the Leh in Islamabad, leading to a flood-like situation along the nullah.
The water level in the Leh was over 21 feet at New Katarian Bridge and about 16 feet at Gawalmandi in the heart of Rawalpindi city.
In different rain related incidents, three persons were injured after a wall collapsed on IJ Principal Road and six electricity poles on Peshawar Road fell over.
The wall of an under-construction building collapsed at IJ Principal Road, injuring three construction workers.
According to Rescue 1122, the injured men were Muhammad Iqbal, 35, Akhtar, 30, and Gohar, 27, all of whom were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ).
Separately four recently-erected electricity poles fell over in Chur Harpal and two others were leaning sideways after the rain.
Yasir Mughal, a local resident, said the poles fell because WAPDA staff did not fill the bases with concrete.
“They just dug up the soil and did not properly set up the poles… as soon as the downpour started, they fell over,” he added.
The poles had been moved recently to make way for the widening of the road at Chur Chowk.
A number of localities also saw electricity supply suspended due to power lines downed by falling trees.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2012.
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