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WASA on high alert to cope with flooding

By APP
April 20, 2024
Rescue workers help to evacuate flood-affected people in Punjab. — AFP/File
Rescue workers help to evacuate flood-affected people in Punjab. — AFP/File

Rawalpindi: The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Rawalpindi was put on high alert to cope with urban flooding following heavy rain on Friday, said Managing Director (MD) WASA, Muhammad Saleem Ashraf.

He informed that a rain emergency was also declared directing the residents settled along Nullah Lai and in low-lying areas to remain on high alert and move to safer places. He said that twin cities, 30 mm rain was recorded at Saidpur, 34 mm at Golra, 18 mm at Bokra, 18 mm at PMD, 36 mm at Shamsabad and 22 mm at Chaklala and all arrangements were finalized by the agency to deal with flash flood.

WASA spokesman informed that water level sensor data showed 5 feet at Gawalmandi and 4 feet at Kattarian. WASA personnel were deployed in different city areas along with heavy machinery, the MD said adding, WASA staff was present particularly at low-lying areas including Raja Bazar, Bohar Bazar, Jamia Masjid Road, Murree Road, Nadeem Colony, Javed Colony, Sadiqabad, Satellite Town and other areas. Water level in Nallah Lai was being monitored regularly, he said.