Rains flood Sindh, further showers expected country-wide

This Eid ul Azha, Karachi has experienced intermittent heavy rains that have flooded low-lying areas. However, the rain has not come to an end. Instead, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Tuesday, further widespread rains are expected in Karachi and other areas of Sindh, Balochistan, and South Punjab from July 14 to 17.

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The PMD statement explained that “Monsoon currents from the Bay of Bengal are continuously penetrating upper and central parts of the country, while another strong monsoon low-pressure area (LPA) is likely to approach Sindh on July 14 (Thursday).”

The PMD also mentioned that these rains will hit Sindh, as well as Balochistan and South Punjab, saying that intermittent heavy to very heavy rain-wind/thundershowers may hit Karachi, Hyderabad Thatta, Badin, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Mithi, Jamshoro, Nosheroferoze, Larkana, Jaccobabad, Ghotki, Sukkur, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Qambar Shahdadkot, Kashmore, Zhob, Ziarat, Barkhan, Loralai, Bolan, Kohlu, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbella, Awaran, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Dera Bugti, Sibbi, Panjgur, Turbat, and Pasni from July 14 to July 17.

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Further intermittent rain-wind/thundershower with isolated heavy falls is predicted in Islamabad, Kashmir, Swat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Kurram, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, Mianwali, Sargodha, Hafizabad, M. B Din, Rawalpindi, Murree, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Jhang, Sahiwal, Okara, Bhakkar, Layyah, Multan, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Rahimyar Khan and Khanpur on July 13 to July 15. This is expected to occur with occasional intervals.

Threats of urban flooding from July 14 to July 17 have also been announced for Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Shaheed Benazirabad, Jamshoro, Mirpurkhas, Dadu, Umerkot, Jacobabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Awaran, Panjgur, and Turbat. Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Faisalabad, Lahore and Gujranwala are also likely to experience urban flooding from July 13 to 14.

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The press release informed that “Flash flooding is also expected in local nullahs of the Kithar Range, Bolan, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbella, Barkhan, Naseerabad, Kohlu, Zhob, Sibbi and hill torrents of Dera Ghazi Khan from July 14 to 16, and in Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Dir and Kashmir on July 13 and 14.”

According to the PMD, in the forecast period, rainfall-related landslides may occur in Kashmir, Galiyat, Murree, Chillas, Diamir, Gilgit, Hunza, Astore, and Skardu. People were reminded to be careful in these areas and authorities to stay on alert, taking precautions at this time.

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Karachi’s rains are not over — according to meteorologist Jawad Memon, further heavy rains are expected in the next few hours. Clouds headed from the Arabian Sea are moving towards Karachi, hinting at intermittent rain till Wednesday evening.

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