Islamabad, 24 July, 2023 (GNP): The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a warning of heavy rainfall in various regions of the country from 25 to 30 July.
The Met Office stated that the monsoon currents are continuously advancing into Pakistan from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. It added that a fresh westerly wave is also expected to enter the upper parts of the country from 26 July.
Expecting rain coupled with wind-thundershower, the PMD predicts heavy falls in Punjab, Balochistan, and Sindh districts, including major cities like Quetta, Karachi, Hyderabad, and Multan on 25 and 26 July.
Moreover, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Murree, Galliyat, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and numerous other regions are likely to experience rains with isolated heavy falls during the period from 25 to 30 July with occasional gaps. The PMD has advised residents of these areas to remain vigilant during this time.
However, the PMD also alerted the public to the possibility of urban flooding in low-lying areas of cities such as Islamabad, Faisalabad, and Lahore. Additionally, the agency has cautioned that the heavy rainfall may trigger landslides in vulnerable regions such as Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and the hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Since the onset of the monsoon on 25 June, torrential rains have already claimed the lives of 133 people, with 215 others injured in rain-related incidents across the country, particularly in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to the report by The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The management authority has closely monitored the situation and aided those affected.
The PMD urges citizens to take precautionary measures during the predicted wet period and advises against unnecessary travel in case of severe weather conditions. The department also encourages local authorities to be proactive in managing potential flood risks and landslides in their respective regions.
For real-time updates and weather-related advisories, the public is advised to follow official announcements from the Pakistan Meteorological Department and the National Disaster Management Authority.