Heavy downpour causes floods and sinkholes appear in the middle of Lahore

Pakistani residents wade along a flooded street after heavy rains in Lahore on July 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI

Torrential monsoon rains lashed the city of Lahore before dawn on Tuesday, flooding streets and killing six people, as authorities struggled to restore normalcy in rain-affected areas.

Of the six who died in Lahore, four passed away due to electrocution while two others lost their lives after being buried under the debris of collapsed buildings.

A large sinkhole has also appeared on the Mall Road near DPO Chowk. It has filled with rainwater and it is feared that the water may affect the underground Orange Line Metro station nearby.

The destruction has been caused by heavy downpours that dumped 177 millimetres of rainwater on the city over the past 24 hours.

Heavy rain has continued to stir chaos in Lahore, Pakistan on Tuesday, July 3. Now, two massive sinkholes have formed in the middle of the city’s Mall Road.

In the last 24 hours, a total of 252 millimetres of rain has been recorded in the city so far and it has killed at least 6 people.

While many parts of the city remained submerged in rainwater, residents were surprised as the sinkholes formed before their eyes.Currently, the area has been barricaded and traffic has been diverted away, according to Dunya News, Pakistan-based news television channel.
People are blaming the government for poor urban planning, as 2 sinkholes emerge in Lahore.Others mocked the promises the former government, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PMLN) and Shehbaz Sharif in particular made, like “turning Lahore into Paris”.