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Monday, May 20, 2024  
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PMD forecasts more monsoon rains in upper parts

Warns moderate to heavy rains may cause urban flooding in low lying areas

More monsoon rains with occasional gaps were predicted in upper parts of the country, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said.

“Moderate monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea are penetrating in upper parts of the country,” it said in a press release. “A westerly wave is also likely to enter these areas on August 13.”

Rain/wind-thundershower is expected in Kashmir, (Neelum valley, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur), Gilgit Baltistan (Diamir, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, Shigar), Murree, Galliyat, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi and Nowshera from August 13 to August 16 with occasional gaps.

Rain/wind-thundershower is also expected in Kurram, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Karak, Waziristan, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang and Bhakkar from 14th to 16th August with occasional gaps. While in Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Musa Khel, Barkhan, Zhob, Kalat, Khuzdar on August 15 and 16.

The Met Office has warned that moderate to heavy falls might increase the water flows in local nullahs/streams of Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Manshera, Abbottabad, Rawalpindi/Islamabad from Monday to Wednesday.

It added that moderate to heavy rains might cause urban flooding in low-lying areas of Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Lahore on August 14 and 15 and might trigger landslides in the vulnerable areas of Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the wet spell.

“Farmers are advised to manage their activities keeping in view the weather forecast. Tourists and travelers are advised to remain extra cautious to avoid any untoward situation during the wet spell,” it added.

The PMD was of the view that wind-thunderstorm might damage loose structures like electric poles, solar panels etc. “General public is advised to stay at safe places during wind-storm/lightning/heavy rains.”

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