The 30-minute rainfall on Tuesday night left some streets of DHA and Clifton submerged in rainwater for hours.
One DHA thoroughfare that was flooded was Khayaban-e-Shujaat, with people passing by and those living on it facing great difficulty. A driver who had passed by the street during the rain told The Express Tribune that the thoroughfare was flooded and water was gushing in through the intersections. "The water was reaching up to my car's bumper," he said. This is despite the fact that only a few days ago, Khayaban-e-Shujaat was undergoing repairs and construction.
Residents of Phase IV also saw water accumulated in their area and the locality near the nullah was also submerged. "Every year, water seeps into our houses and we can't leave. With the monsoon season approaching, the DHA should take steps to ensure that no street is flooded," said a resident, Shahid Malik.
Among other roads which were submerged was Khayaban-e-Bahria. Similarly, an open drain on Zamzama created problems for people as they were unable to see it. In Clifton, too, similar situation was witnessed behind Do Talwar in front of the Navy Housing Scheme, where a pool had developed due to the accumulated rainwater.
DHA official Rafat Naqvi said that while the area's drainage system established after 2008 had been successful and 85 per cent of streets remained clear of water, there are still some areas which face such problems. "Areas such as Khayaban-e-Bahria face these problems because it is a bit low-lying," said Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC) spokesperson Amir Arab. He added that the CBC has established a control room centre and plans to set up emergency camps across the locality to handle rain-related problems. The CBC's helpline number is 111-800-900.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2015.