First rain: Rain water bothers city folks, pleases desert people

‘Water drained from three underpasses by sunset’.

Our Correspondent July 22, 2012


Rahim Yar Khan and its suburbs and the Cholistan desert witnessed their first rain of the monsoon on Saturday.

The rain started early morning and continued for several hours.

The areas worst affected by the rain water were Unilever and Abbasia Underpasses, Daud underpass and Lakkar Mandi Chowk on Circular Road.

The three underpasses remained flooded with rain water for most of the day.

Tehsil Municipal Administration officer Wajid Ali Shah told The Express Tribune that water was drained from the underpasses by sunset.

Several motorcyclists told The Express Tribune that they had paid Rs20 each for their vehicles to be taken up the underpass after their engines stopped functioning due to rain water.

Daily wagers Allah Wasaya and Khuda Bakhsh said they made between Rs300 and Rs400 each by carrying motorcycles past the underpasses flooded with water.

Rain was also reported from Ahmedpur Lama, Khanpur and Feroza areas.

Low-lying areas in these cities were flooded with rain water.

In Khanpur, Naz Cinema Road, Darkhwasti Chowk, Bagho Bahar Road, Shahi Link Road and Model Town were worst affected.

Cholistan residents store water for drinking 

Ponds used to store drinking water were reported ‘filled to capacity’ in Cholistan desert after the first spell of rain in the region.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2012.