ISLAMABAD: A mother and her son were killed in Islamabad on Wednesday as several neighbourhoods of the capital experienced urban flooding after a cloudburst caused heavy rainfall.
Footage circulating on social media showed flood water sweeping away cars in sectors E-11 and D-12.
Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat attributed the flash flood to a cloudburst and urged the public to “cooperate and restrict unnecessary movements”.
Shafqaat further said the spillways of Rawal Dam were being opened as he appealed to the public to stay away from the riverbanks of the Korang and Soan rivers.
Senior officials blamed the flooding on “poor management,” stressing that the Capital Development Authority was not responsible for E-11, which is part of a private housing society.
In a statement, Pakistans Meteorological Department said Islamabad and its surrounding areas had received a “heavy downpour of monsoon rainfall” between 5:00 am and 6:30 am.
It said that a minimum of 15 millimetres and a maximum of 123 millimetres of rainfall had been recorded.
Troops have been deployed in Rawalpindi after the local government sought the military’s help following incessant rains that triggered a high flood in Nullah Lai.
Section 144 (power to issue order absolute at once in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger) was imposed on bathing in rivers, the deputy commissioner said, adding that rescue and management teams were present to handle the situation.