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Monsoon rains: Met Office predicts flash flooding in next 3 days

ISLAMABAD: The Flood Forecasting Division of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Tuesday said due to unstable weather conditions and significant monsoon rains there would be a risk of flash flooding in local streams and nullahs of Punjab, upper KP, eastern Balochistan and Kashmir during next three days. It has advised people living in low lying...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 21, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 21, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Monsoon rains: Met Office predicts flash flooding in next 3 days

ISLAMABAD: The Flood Forecasting Division of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Tuesday said due to unstable weather conditions and significant monsoon rains there would be a risk of flash flooding in local streams and nullahs of Punjab, upper KP, eastern Balochistan and Kashmir during next three days.

It has advised people living in low lying areas along streams and nullahs to remain careful during next two days.

According to the department here, the rainfall of moderate intensity with isolated heavy falls is expected over the Hill Torrents of Dera Ghazi Khan division while scattered thunderstorms/rain of moderate intensity with isolated heavy fall is expected over the Upper Catchments of all major rivers along with Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), South Sindh and Northeast Balochistan.

Moreover, during next 24 hours, more rain/thundershower with (isolated heavy fall) is also expected at scattered places in Islamabad, Punjab, KPK, Gilgit-Baltistan, Sindh, Balochistan, Kashmir and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

More widespread rain/thundershower is expected in Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir.

Scattered rain/thundershower in Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, D.G khan, Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi, Naseebad, Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan, Bannu, D.I khan, Bahwalpur, Mirpurkhas, Larkana, Sukkur, Hyderabad divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA.          

Isolated heavy fall is also expected in Kashmir, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Hazara, Gujranwala, and Lahore divisions during the period.

With regard to synoptic situation, the Department said well mark seasonal low lies over north Balochistan and its adjoining areas with its trough extending south-eastward.  Monsoon currents are continuously penetrating into upper and central parts of the country and likely to continue during the current week.

Regarding rivers situation and qualitative flood forecast, the department said river Indus at Kalabagh, Chashma & Taunsa and River Kabul at Nowshera are in Medium Flood Level. River Indus at Tarbela, Guddu and Sukkur is in Low Flood Level.

As per meteorological features, it said trough of westerly wave Northeast Afghanistan on Tuesday lies over upper parts of the country.

It said well marked seasonal low lies over North Balochistan, moderate moist current is penetrating into Punjab and Kashmir upto 7000 feet while Monday's low pressure area over North Madhya remained stationary. 

The rainfall recorded in mm during past 24 hours (upto 0800 PST) included : Attock (Khairabad) 84, Islamabad (Shamsabad 81, Golra 62, Zeropoint 51, Airport 49, Bokra 43 & Saidpur 34), Garhiala 70, Dratian 57, Daggar 47, Oghi 44, Warsak 39, Murree 37, Risalpur 34, Peshawar (City 31 & Airport 16), Garhidupatta 30, Noorpur Thal 21, Palandri, Malamjabba and Skardu 12 each, Nowshera 11, Talhatta, Hattian Bala, Chattar Kallas, Balakot and Parachinar 10 (each), Rashidabad (Kalpani), Dhok Pathan and Rawalakot 8 mm each, Kotli  and Cherat 07 each, Dir and Chakdara 06 mm each, Muzaffarabad 05, Kakul, Shinkiari, Tarbela, Lasbela and Saidusharif 04 mm each, Kallar and Domel 03 mm each, Baba Shah Jalal, Phulra, Drosh, Chilas, Gupis, Kalam and Lower Dir 02 MM each, Lahore (Airport 02, Gilgit, Kund, Alexandra Bridge, Quetta (Sheikh Manda), Palote, Nauseri, Bunji and Chakwal 01 mm each, Hunza, Chitral, Joharabad, and Sialkot (Airport and Cantt) Trace each.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for National Health Services Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar has said the government was taking all possible steps to combat flood situation in the country.

Talking to people in villages near Hafizabad, she said billions of rupees are being spent to rehabilitate infrastructure in flood affected areas.

She said that district administration of Hafizabad has made all arrangements to shift people from flood areas to safer places and nine flood relief centers have been set up in case of flood in the River Chenab, a news channel reported. –APP

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