Wednesday July 24, 2024

Light to heavy rain predicted in parts of country next month

Sindh is likely to receive 30-75mm rainfall as floods, landslides possible to take place in Balochistan, KP

By Web Desk
June 24, 2024
Women walk amid heavy rainfal on a street in Pakistan. — AFP/File
Women walk amid heavy rainfal on a street in Pakistan. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a weather alert, warning of flash floods and landslides as light to heavy showers are likely to lash different parts of the country in the next month.

An official statement released on Monday said that the National Emergencies Operation Center (NEOC) of the NDMA has made a comprehensive monsoon forecast, highlighting the expected rainfall intensities and potential impacts across various regions of Pakistan for the month of July.

The forecast indicates that rainfall at isolated places of Mardan, Malakand and Hazara divisions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is expected in the 3rd week of July while heavy to very heavy downpours are expected in 4th week of July.

In 1st and 2nd week of July, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad and Gujranwala districts of Punjab and capital territory, Islamabad are expected to receive 15-50mm rainfall at isolated places while in 4th week potential flooding in ICT, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodha, Gujranwala and Faisalabad, hill torrents in DG Khan, moderate to heavy rains in Sahiwal, Multan and Bahawalpur is expected.

As per the latest projections from the NEOC, Mirpurkhas, Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Larkana and Sukkur districts of Sindh will receive 30-75mm rainfall in the month of July while in 2nd and 4th week of July heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in these areas. In 4th week of July, Astore District of Gilgit Baltisitan and isolated places of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall, potential severe flooding in nullahs and rivers.

The forecast warned that moderate to very heavy rains may cause riverine and flash flooding, urban flooding, landslides in hilly areas, and potential GLOF events.

In light of these projections, the NDMA has advised Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs), District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs), and other relevant line departments to remain vigilant and prepared to respond to any emergent situations. It is imperative for departments to ensure the pre-placement of machinery and the availability of relevant staff in vulnerable areas.

Local departments are urged to sensitize residents living along riverbanks and associated nullahs about the expected increase in water flows, and to facilitate timely evacuation of at-risk populations from low-lying and flood-prone areas as per evacuation plans.

Additionally, citizens are advised to take extreme precautionary measures, such as staying away from electric poles and weak infrastructure, and refraining from driving or walking in waterways, the statement read.