‘Widespread rains, thunderstorms’ expected in Karachi, other parts of Sindh till July 18: MET Office

A family wades through a flooded road during the monsoon season in Karachi on July 9, 2022. — Reuters/File

The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Friday predicted “widespread rain and thunderstorms” in Karachi and other parts of Sindh from today till July 18 (Monday).
In a notification issued today, the Met Office said that a low-pressure area had been persisting over the Northeast Arabian Sea and the adjoining Rann of Kutch, extending up to Southeast Sindh.
“Under its influence, widespread rain-thunderstorms with few heavy falls (very heavy at times) are likely to occur in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Tharparker, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allayar, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Noushero Feroz, Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Dadu, Jamshoro, Shikarpur, Ghotki, and Kashmore districts till 18th July,” it stated.
Isolated heavy and intermittent rains with thunderstorms were also predicted over the weekend in Karachi Division. In addition, humidity would be between 50 percent and 60pc, while northeasterly and easterly winds were expected to blow.

The agency also said that a serious fall could cause urban flooding and flooding in the lowlands of Karachi, Hyderabad, Tatta, Badin, Milpurhas, Umercot, Dadu, Jamshoro, Nawabsha, Jacobabad, Larkana, and Sackle districts. I warned.
It is said that persistent heavy spells can cause mountain streams and rapids along and downstream of the Kirthar Mountains.
In addition, sea conditions were expected to be rough and fishermen were advised to pay attention. “All affected authorities are required to be vigilant and take the necessary steps,” PMD added.
The Sindh Government has already declared a health emergency throughout the state and has instructed authorities to set up control rooms in all health departments and hospitals in the district.

NDMA urges caution

The current monsoon rain, which has claimed more than 160 lives since the beginning of this month, killed four more on Thursday. Three in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one in Gilgit-Baltistan.
In addition, heavy rains damaged the infrastructure in the northern and central parts of Balochistan. The
flood left many rural towns separated from Quetta and other district headquarters. The rain separated Balochistan from Punjab and Sindh as the highway connecting Sukkur and Quetta, Delagaji Khan (Punjab), and Loralai remained closed due to rain.
In anticipation of further rain, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has instructed relevant ministries, ministries, and state governments to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions to deal with any adverse situation.
the department also said it was instructed to ensure the pre-location of emergency equipment, including drainage pumps, and the availability of emergency personnel to respond to emergencies, especially in the event of blockages, road closures, and damage.
It also directed that evacuation plans ensure timely evacuation of residents from lowland, flood-prone areas and ensure the availability of shelters, food, and medicine in relief camps.
NDMA also warns relevant authorities and departments about possible risks associated with monsoon rain and conducts public awareness campaigns to avoid unnecessary travel during the period. I requested.
State authorities, along with traffic police, also instruct law enforcement agencies to guide travelers and tourists about the possible situations and dangers of flooded areas and underpasses and advise them to avoid unnecessary travel and travel. I was instructed to do so.


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