The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecasted on August 16 (Tuesday) further rainfall for Sindh, including Karachi, as another “low-pressure region” is projected to reach the state in the coming days.
Under the influence of the new weather system, rain and thunderstorms with moderate to heavy precipitation are anticipated in the districts of Shaheed Benazirabad, Noshero Feroz, Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Ghotki, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Kambar Shahdadkot, Tharparker, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Tando Muhammad khan, Tando.
In addition, Karachi is predicted to have moderate to heavy precipitation throughout the time mentioned above.
Throughout the next three to four days, according to the PMD, the rains are predicted to become more severe and widespread in the districts mentioned above.
The Met Office further warned that heavy precipitation could cause flooding in low-lying regions of Karachi, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allayar, Dadu, Jamshoro, and Kambar Shahdadkot districts from Tuesday to Thursday.
Regarding the current weather system causing rainfall in portions of Sindh and Balochistan, the department reported that “the depression over the North Arabian Sea has diminished into a low-pressure area and is currently over Rajasthan.”
It further stated that continued heavy rainfall in the Khuzdar, Lasbella, and Hub districts of Balochistan could put additional pressure on the Hub dam, the Thaddo dam, and the downstream nullahs.
The Met office also cautioned that sea conditions will likely continue stormy until Sunday evening, and fishermen in Sindh have been advised to avoid venturing into deep water until then.
This year’s monsoon season in Pakistan has devastated Sindh and Balochistan. Earlier, Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman stated that 30-year rainfall records had been broken in the provinces.
Originally published in Dawn.