The city returned to a semblance of normalcy on Saturday.
After a three-day rain spell, many parts of the city were inundated.
Several main roads remained under two to three feet of water. The Water and Sanitation (WASA) cleared most main roads of the city by Saturday morning. Shah Jamal, Bastami Road, Timber Market and Azam Garden, Doctors Colony, Hajarwal and Sabzazar were among the areas still inundated.
Residents of such areas await WASA’s assistance.
Wajahat Sheikh, a resident of Azam Garden, said his street was under three feet of water.
He said residents could not take out their vehicles and the only way out of the street was by wading through water.
He said furniture worth millions of rupees had been destroyed.
WASA Press Relations Officer Imtiaz Ghori said after rains stopped, officials had moved into residential areas. He said WASA’s drainage system was designed for the average rains received by the city.
“This year, there was a lot more rain than expected,” he said.
MET Department officials said from 4am to 5am, 1.2mm of rain was recorded.
Maximum temperature rose by five degrees rose after skies cleared by five degrees.
Chief Meteorologist (Floods) Muhammad Riaz said there was no threat of flooding in River Ravi.
He said if the India opened dam gates, the situation could change.
He said that water discharge in River Ravi at Shahdara was 45,000 cusec. By Monday, it was expected to rise to 80,000 cusec feet.
Unscheduled power outages continued across the city.
Lahore Electricity Supply Company officials said nearly 60 feeders out of 100 that broke down on Friday had been fixed.
They said in many areas, transformers had malfunctioned.
PRO Imran Abdul Khan said that due to an overload of complaints, LESCO linemen were unable to address all complaints promptly.
He said that nearly all feeders serving Lahore had been fixed.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 7th, 2014.