Islamabad: According to a recent news report, the terrible occurrence in E-11, when two individuals died due to urban flooding and three vehicles and numerous motorbikes were carried away, was caused by a lack of regulatory oversight on housing societies by the municipal agency and district administration.

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E-11, in the centre of the city, is studded with unlawful cooperative housing plans and unlicensed high-rise structures. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) and district administration, which deal with such housing plans, have taken no significant action against them.

Nullahs that cross across the sector, on the other hand, have been constricted down by housing projects and other owners. A nullah has been created on the street where the impacted house is located.

During a visit to the area, it was discovered that the occurrence occurred as a result of severe rain (103mm) and the presence of small nullahs. The water entered the basements of a large number of houses and commercial plazas and till evening the owners of buildings remained busy in draining the water out.

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The rescue mission kept CDA rescuers and officials from the fire department, sanitation directorate, and water supply busy. E-11 was also visited by CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed and Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat.

CDA Member Finance Rana Shakeel Asghar and DC Hamza Shafqaat told media at a joint news conference that the operation to drain water from all affected areas of Islamabad had been finished.

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