Islamabad Flooding Latest Updates: Two Killed As Cloudburst Triggers Flash Floods

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

28th Jul, 2021. 01:30 pm
Two Killed As Cloudburst In Islamabad Triggers Flash Floods

Cloudburst has disrupted life in the federal capital Islamabad and Rawalpindi, causing flooding in various areas.

Heavy rains hit the E-11 area of Islamabad the hardest, with water entering homes and flooding, damaging dozens of vehicles.

Two people, a woman and her child died when water entered the house.

Army Teams Turn Up To Rescue People

The overnight heavy rains lashing Islamabad, the federal capital of the country, has left Sector E11 flooded with fears of nullahs flowing for which civilian authorities have little support.

According to the details, heavy rains lashing Islamabad has left the city at the mercy of torrential streams inducing fears of high-level flooding of Nullah as Army teams and resources turn up to rescue people.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) teams are working to clear the roads. All the teams are in the field to clear excessive water. The machinery is working on maximum locations for clearance.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Army troops are busy assisting civil administration in rescue and relief efforts. Contingencies plans are in place to meet any flood situation, it added.

The Deputy Commissioner Islamabad said in a Tweet that cloudburst in Islamabad has caused floods in various parts of the city.

He said, ” Teams are clearing nullahs/roads. Hopefully, we will be able to clear everything in an hour. Everyone is requested to plz cooperate and restricted unnecessary movement for the next 2 hours.

videos are circulating on social media showing severe flood situations in which cars are floating in the floodwater.

 

Pakistan Meteorological department stated in a Tweet that Islamabad and surrounding areas received a heavy downpour of monsoon rainfall during the morning hours from 0500 PST till 0630 PST.

What is Cloudburst?

A sudden heavy downpour in a particular area for a short period of time that causes a major storm or flood is called a cloud burst or ‘cloudburst’. Before the cloud burst, the warm air at the bottom of the atmosphere begins to move rapidly upwards, causing the vapours in the clouds to turn into water droplets.

This process is so rapid that the cloud cannot withstand the load of newly formed water and it explodes with an explosion which results in heavy rains.
Cloudbursts usually occur in mountainous areas. Cloudbursts have wreaked havoc in northern Pakistan and Azad Kashmir in recent years.

Earlier this month, a cloudburst wreaked havoc in the village of Salkhala in Azad Kashmir’s Neelum district.

The flash floods completely destroyed 16 houses and caused partial damage to 12 houses. Numerous livestock, vehicles and fruit trees have also been affected by the floods.

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