The twin cities received heavy rainfall on Saturday, complemented with hailstorms, causing power outages in different areas.
The rain started early in the morning and continued for two hours which led to a power outage in various areas of Islamabad including Sector G-7, G-6, F-7, F-6, F-8 and H-11. According to the Met Office, 53mm rain was recorded in the twin cities and it is likely to continue for the next 24 hours at least. A maximum of 34 degree centigrade was recorded in the federal capital and the weather remained pleasant till late night. The highest amount of rainfall was witnessed at Golra with 43mm of rain, while 41mm was recorded in Shamsabad and 36mm in Faizabad. The water level at Nullah Leh in Rawalpindi rose to 10 feet against the maximum level of 20 feet. In some parts of the city, water level was high, forcing people to stay inside their homes.
The water level in Rawal Dam rose after the heavy rain, forcing authorities to open the spillway to release the additional water.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2013.