A 30-year record-breaking rainstorm in Lahore tragically claims 11 lives

According to local media sources, a historic downpour of torrential rain has broken a three-decade-old record in Lahore, the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province, resulting in the terrible loss of at least 11 lives. On Wednesday, Lahore had an astounding 290mm of rain in only 10 hours, resulting in widespread mayhem and destruction.

The city of Lahore received 291mm of rain during this time, with more than a dozen locations receiving more than 200mm, according to Commissioner Lahore Mohammad Ali Randhawa. Incredibly, Lahore hasn’t had so much rain in such a short period of time in the previous 30 years. Randhawa pointed out that climate change has been suggested as a possible cause of these exceptionally high rainfall.

Tragically, the prolonged rain caused several events, including wall and roof collapses, which resulted in fatalities. According to the Dawn newspaper, similar instances occurred on Thursday and claimed the lives of four people, including three youngsters under the age of 10. Seven fatalities were reported the day before, including three electrocutions, three deaths from roof collapses, and one kid drowning from standing water, according to PTI.

In the meanwhile, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a warning for expected heavy rain from July 6 to 8, which might cause landslides in several parts of the nation and result in urban floods. The risk of urban flooding in low-lying districts of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sialkot, Multan, and Dera Ismail Khan was explicitly noted in the warning. Additionally, it issued a warning about probable landslides in sensitive places such Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s mountainous districts, Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan.

The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) issued a second alert on Thursday, expressing worry that heavy rains might cause the River Chenab to flood to a “very high to exceptionally high level” between July 8 and July 10. The FFD further said that the water flows from India will determine the flood scenario in the rivers Ravi and Sutlej.

Pakistan’s monsoon season normally lasts from July to September, and the devastating floods of last year caused havoc, drowning a sizeable chunk of the nation, with the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan being particularly hard hit. More than 1,200 people lost their lives in the disastrous floods, which also left millions of others without access to food and shelter.

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