12:08 Jul 29, 2015 Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Met Office on Wednesday forecast rain in different parts of Sindh, Punjab, KPK and Balochistan during next 24 hours.

Torrential rains and flooding have killed 81 people in Pakistan over the past two weeks and affected almost 300,000, the disaster management agency said Tuesday.

Synoptic Situation:

Well marked low pressure lies over Rajasthan (India) under the influence of this low pressure, monsoon currents are continuously penetrating into Pakistan. Seasonal low lies over northwest of Balochistan.

Weather next 24 hrs:

Widespread rain-thundershower is expected in Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Bahawalpur, Multan, D.G khan and Sahiwal divisions, while at scattered rain thundershower in D.I khan, Faisalabad, Zhob, Sibbi, Nasirbad, Kalat, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Rawalpindi/Islamabad,Shaheed Benazirbad, Larkana, and Hyderabad divisions while at isolated places in Kohat, Lahore, Sarghodha, Gujranwala, FATA, Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltisttan.

Isolated heavy falls is expected in Bahawalpur, Sukkur and Mirpurkhas divisions.

Next 48 hrs:

Scattered rain-thundershower is expected in Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Bahawalpur, Multan, D.G khan, Sahiwal, D.I khan, Faisalabad, Zhob, Sibbi, Nasirbad, Kalat, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Kohat, Lahore, Sarghodha, Gujranwala, FATA, Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltisttan. Isolated heavy falls is expected in Bahawalpur,Sukkur,Multan, and D.G khan divisions.

Weather Warning:

Isolated heavy falls are also expected in Sukkur, Bahawalpur and Mirpurkhas divisions during next 24 to 36 Hours.

Heavy rains may generate flash flooding and urban flooding in South Punjab and Upper Sindh during the period, and therefore, all concerned authorities are requested to take precautionary measures accordingly.

Last 24 hours:

Widespread rain-thundershower (with scattered heavy fall) occurred in Sindh (Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Karachi, Larkana divisions), Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, D.G khan divisions. while scattered rain-thundershower occurred in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar Kohat, D.I khan divisions and Makran divisions.

Rainfall:

Nagarparkar 190, Islamkot 113, Badin 47, Mirpur Khas, Mithi 38, Parachinar 32, Dadu 28, Dir 25, Cherat, Chachoro 22, Joharabad 21, Jacobabad 18, Karachi, Hyderabad(A/P) 15, Thatta10, Bahawalpur City, Barkhan 08, Garhi Dupatta , Murree 07, Malamjaba 05, D.G.Khan, Hunza, Mangla, Sukkur, Chakwal, Moen-jo-Daro 04, Kalam, Rohri 03, Hyderabad (City), Bahawalpur A/P, Kohat, Larkana 02, Faisal (Base), Sadar, Gupis, Islamabad Z.P, Kotli, Mandibahauddin, Rawalpindi, Shaheed Benazirabad, Chitral, Khanpur, Rawalakot 01.
Dalbandin 44°C, Sibbi 43°C, Nokkundi 42°C.

Havoc in North and South

Severe rains which began in mid-July have caused havoc in both the north and south of the country, damaging more than 1,900 houses and injuring dozens of people, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said.

At least 38 people were killed in worst-hit northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and 19 in Azad Kashmir, Ahmed Kamal told AFP. Eleven people also died in Punjab, eight in Balochistan and five in Gilgit Baltistan.

“Fairly widespread thunderstorms, rains with heavy falls in scattered places and very heavy falls in isolated places” are expected in the coming days Kamal said.

So far 172,016 people have been evacuated to safer places, he said, adding that rescue teams from the military, provincial governments and NDMA were carrying out “relief and rescue operations” in the affected areas.

Torrential rains have also destroyed infrastructure, sweeping away dozens of roads and bridges in the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while floods have inundated 375 villages in southern Punjab, the MDMA said.

The agency has already issued severe weather warnings for southern Sindh, central Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces and the Kashmir region.

Hundreds of villages in Kacho (riverbed) areas in district Kashmore, Kandhkot, Larkana, Sukkur and Khairpur have been inundated in Sindh.

In Punjab, the swollen Jhelum and Sutlej rivers have also caused deluge in riverbed areas, inundating hundreds of villages in Rahim Yar Khan, D.G Khan, Layyah and Multan districts.

The Indus River is currently flowing in medium flood at Guddu and Sukkur barrages.

Every year Pakistan is hit by severe weather patterns, which have killed hundreds and wiped out millions of acres of prime farmland in recent years, harming the heavily agrarian economy. – Samaa/AFP

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