Extraordinary monsoon rains forecast in Islamabad

Heavy rains in Islamabad last year wreaked havoc in Islamabad’s posh E-11 area, killing mother and son in the basement of their home. Photo: File

Extraordinary monsoon rains are forecast in Islamabad. According to the Meteorological Department, heavy rains are likely from July to August.

In this regard, Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman has warned that a catastrophic flood-like situation could arise in the country in 2010.

Meanwhile, the district administration claims that it has prepared to deal with the emergency situation, but the encroachments made on the drain in Sector E-11 last year, which caused the death of mother and son and destruction of property, are still there.

Heavy rains in Islamabad last year wreaked havoc in Islamabad’s posh E-11 area, killing a mother and son in a basement, but leaving three children dead. The cause of this incident was the encroachment of a private housing society on the rainwater drain which made the drainage road so narrow that the rain water overflowed and entered the houses.

The encroachments are still ongoing, the private housing society has taken a stay order from the court and the local residents are scared.

DC Islamabad Irfan Memon said that if it rains more than 100 mm, the basements of low lying areas will be sealed and if necessary they can be evacuated.

The Islamabad administration is claiming that the drains are being cleaned but the situation is not looking satisfactory. There is still garbage in the storm drains.

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