ISLAMABAD: National and provincial disaster management authorities have issued alerts to concerned departments to remain alert as Met Office forecast onset of countrywide thundershowers in fresh monsoon spell. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the new monsoon weather system will cause rain/thunderstorm in lower Sindh, northern and central Punjab, Azad Kashmir and northern Balochistan during...
ISLAMABAD: National and provincial disaster management authorities have issued alerts to concerned departments to remain alert as Met Office forecast onset of countrywide thundershowers in fresh monsoon spell.
According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the new monsoon weather system will cause rain/thunderstorm in lower Sindh, northern and central Punjab, Azad Kashmir and northern Balochistan during next 24 hours.
Met Office says 50 mm rainfall is likely in Karachi, and may cause urban flooding in the city where rainwater nullah are posing threat to several residential areas.
In the wake of the heavy rains, the Met Office has issued alerts for coastal areas of Sindh; however, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh denies any threat of any urban flooding in Karachi.
PMD said the fresh weather condition will continue to prevail till Thursday.
On the other hand, Islamabad Capital Administration has asked departments and agencies concerned to mobilize all possible resources to combat any emergency arising out of monsoon rains and possible flooding.
In an advisory, it says constant vigilance is required to deal with any emergency along the banks of Rivers Swan and Korang.
Three flood control centres have also been set up at Tarlai, Bharakahu and Sihala.
Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Sindh, has directed all District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) of the province to remain alert for possible heavy rainfall in southern Sindh and moderate to high rainfall in northern Sindh.
The PDMA, in a rainfall advisory issued here on Monday, further instructed all the concerned line departments to take precautionary steps to ensure safety of life and property.
PDMA has also advised K-Electric, HESCO and SEPCO to ensure continuous supply of electricity to all pumping stations for smooth drainage of water.
PDMA has provided dewatering pumps to more vulnerable districts to augment their dewatering efforts.
Seasonal Low lies over Northeast Balochistan. Yesterday’s Monsoon Low over North Madhya Pradesh today lies over West Madhya Pradesh. A weak westerly wave is located over northern areas of the country.
Next 24 hrs:
Rain-thunder/windstorm with isolated heavy falls is expected at a number of places in lower Sindh (Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas divisions), Islamabad, Northeast Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions) and Kashmir. Rain/ dust-thunderstorm of light to moderate intensity is expected at scattered places in Karachi, Hazara, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, D.G.Khan divisions. Rain/dust-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Kalat, Zhob, Makran, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Sukkur and Sh.Benazirabad divisions.
Next 48 hrs:
Rain/Dust Thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is expected at a number of places in lower Sindh (Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas divisions), Islamabad, Northeast Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions) and Kashmir.
Rain/ thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is expected at scattered places in Hazara, Malakand, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, D.G.Khan, Multan, Sukkur, Sh.Benazirabad, Larkana, Zhob Sibbi, Naseerabad, Makran and Kalat divisions) and Barkhan.
Heavy downpour may generate Urban/Flash Flooding and landslide in vulnerable areas.
Weather remained hot and humid in most parts of the country. However, rain/ dust- thundershower occurred at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Multan, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara divisions, FATA and Kashmir.
K.P: Malamjabba 32, Kakul 25, Saidu Sharif 05.Kashmir: Rawalakot 25, Garidupatta 15, Kotli 07. Punjab: Murree 22, Sargodha 07, Chakwal 05, Multan 02. FATA: Parachinar 09.
Today’s Highest Maximum Temperatures: Dalbandin, Turbat 45°C, Nokkundi, Sibbi, Panjgur 44°C, R.Y.Khan, Bhakkar, Dadu 43°C.
Water level at Guddu, Sukkur Barrages alarming
The continuous increase in water level at Guddu and Sukkur Barrages have created alarming situation for the locals living in the adjoining areas.
The water level in the upstream Sukkur Barrage water level was recorded 238,855 cusecs and downstream was 184,065 cusecs on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Incharge, Control Room, Sukkur barrage, Abdul Aziz Soomro, said at Guddu Barrage the water level was 311,789 cusecs and downstream was 277,888 cusecs. The upstream water level at Kotri Barrage was 66,833 cusecs and downstream remained 30,088 cusecs.
The possibility of floods is high as the water levels at Guddu and Sukkur barrages are continuously increasing said, irrigation officials. The local administration has turned the water flow direction towards small canals due to severe rise in Sindh River.
The flood water has inundated several areas, including Pano Aqil, Goth Raza and Kashmore district. However, hundreds of acres of agricultural land have also been affected due to the water flow while the adjoining areas of Guddu barrage are also witnessing the same situation. – Samaa/APP