KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast more monsoon showers across the country during next 24 to 48 hours as heavy rains and landslides played havoc in Pakistan’s northeast, Samaa reported Friday.
Flash-floods caused by torrential rains in upper part of the country have killed dozens of people in Chitral, Skardu, Balochistan and Azad Kashmir, sweeping away dozens of houses and bridges in the remote areas.
The monsoon downpour, that is continuing in Punjab and northwestern upper parts since last week, has swelled Indus and Jhelum rivers and heightened flood threat in Sindh and Punjab where a large number of villages are already inundated.
A well marked seasonal low lies over northeast Balochistan and its adjoining areas with its trough extending south-eastward. A low pressure area still lies over northeast Arabian sea and its adjoining areas, the PMD said.
Strong Monsoon currents are continuously penetrating in southern parts of the country and likely to continue during next 24 hours. Moderate monsoon currents are penetrating in upper parts of the country and likely to continue in coming days.
Weather next 24 hrs:
Widespread rain-thundershower is expected in Sindh including Karachi, while at scattered places in Islamabad, Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Multan, D.G.Khan divisions), Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, D.I.Khan divisions), Balochistan (Zhob, Sibbi, Kalat, Quetta, Naseerabad, Makran divisions), FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Isolated heavy falls are also expected in Lower Sindh (Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas divisions), Lahore, Gujranwala, D.G.Khan, Bahawalpur, Zhob, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Kalat divisions and Kashmir during the period.
Next 48 hrs:
Scattered rain-thundershower (with isolated heavy falls) is expected in Punjab, Islamabad, KP, Kashmir, Sindh including Karachi, eastern parts of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Due to unstable weather conditions and significant monsoon rains there would be risk of flash flooding in the local streams and nullahs of Punjab, upper KP, eastern Balochistan and Kashmir during next 05 days.
People living in low lying areas along the streams and nullahs are advised to remain careful during the period.
Isolated heavy falls are also expected in Lower Sindh (Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas divisions), Lahore, Gujranwala, D.G.Khan, Bahawalpur, Zhob, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Kalat divisions and Kashmir during the period. Heavy falls may generate urban flooding in Karachi and Hyderabad cities during next 24 hours.
Last 24 hrs:
Widespread rain-thundershower (with isolated heavy falls) occurred in Sindh including Karachi, Kashmir, scattered in Punjab, KP and isolated in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Rainfall: Gujranwala 82, Karachi (Landhi 49, Faisal Base 33, Karachi (A/P) 28, Jinnah Terminal 24, Model Observatory (University Road) 18, Gulshan-e-Hadid 15, North Karachi 12, Masroor Base, Nazimabad 11), Murree 40, Rawalakot 36, Jhang 32, Kakul 29, Risalpur 27, Shaheed Benazirabad 25, Padidan 23, Malamjabba 21, Mothi 18, Lahore (A/P) 17, Bannu 12, Balakot, Peshawar City 11, Okara 09, Bahawalpur (A/P), Pattan 07, Larkana, Cherat 06, Lahore PBO, Kotli, Saidu Sharif 05, Badin, Moenjodaro, Zhob, Sialkot Cantt, Multan, Muzaffarabad, Toba Tek Singh 04, Sialkot (A/P) 03, Bhakkar, Chhor, Nagarparkar, Garhi Dupatta 02, Bahawalnagar, Chitral, Kasur 01.
Nokkundi 44°C, Dalbandin, Turbat 43°C, Dadu 42°C, Sibbi 41°C.
Landslides kill 9 in Kashmir
At least nine people have been killed during six days of torrential rain and landslides in Pakistan-administrated Kashmir.
The deaths came as water channels swelled and people were left trapped in landslides in four mountainous districts of Kashmir.
The latest casualties bring the overall death toll from this year’s monsoon floods to at least 22, with over 200 buildings washed away in the worst-affected north.
Officials said the death toll and losses could increase because communication from the remote areas had been hampered due to heavy rains.
“According to available collective figures, so far nine people have been killed and seven others were injured,” Zaheer Qureshi, director general of the disaster management authority, told AFP.
“Up to 47 houses have been damaged while we are yet to get information from the cut-off remote mountainous villages,” he said.
On Wednesday, four people were killed when their pick-up truck was swept away by a seasonal stream in Balochistan.
According to a report by the National Disaster Management Authority, this season’s floods have so far killed three in Chitral while three others lost their lives in Punjab province’s Muzzafargarh district.
The flood has also washed away as many as 180 buildings including houses, shops and hotels in Chitral while damaging 15 bridges and 12 roads, the agency said.
In Punjab province, 244 villages have been hit by the flood including 39 houses.
The report said the River Indus was at significant risk of flooding over the coming days. – Samaa/Agencies