The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a forecast stating that monsoon currents originating from the Arabian Sea are expected to penetrate the upper and central regions of the country starting today (Tuesday), with further intensification predicted on July 19. Consequently, widespread rainfall is anticipated throughout the country.
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted that a spell of fresh monsoon rains coupled with thundershowers is likely to hit the various parts of Sindh including Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawabshah and others during this week.— Dialogue Pakistan (@DialoguePak) July 17, 2023
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In light of this forecast, all relevant authorities are strongly advised to maintain a state of alertness during this period. Pakistan is currently experiencing another lethal monsoon season, which has already claimed nearly 100 lives since June 25.
As per the latest advisory by the PMD, the upcoming weather systems are likely to bring rain, wind, and thunderstorms, accompanied by heavy precipitation.
The areas projected to be affected include 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, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Kasur, Mianwali, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar, Okara, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Kurram, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, D.I Khan, Bannu, Karak, and Waziristan.
These areas should expect rainfall from July 18 (night) to 23, with occasional breaks.
Additionally, Barkhan, Loralai, Kalat, Khuzdar, Zhob, Lasbella, Awaran, Musakhel, DG Khan, Rajanpur, Multan, Bhakkar, Layyah, Kot Addu, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sukkur, Larkana, and Jacobabad can expect rain, wind, and thunderstorms from July 19 (night) to 21, with intermittent interruptions.
The PMD advisory also highlights the likelihood of dust storms, thunderstorms, and rainfall (with isolated heavy downpours) in Tharparkar, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, and Dadu districts of Sindh, commencing from the evening/night of July 19 and continuing until July 23.
Furthermore, dust storms, thunderstorms, and rainfall (with isolated heavy falls) are anticipated in Shaheed Benazirabad, Hyderabad, Sanghar, Badin, Thatta, and Karachi districts from July 20 to 22, with intermittent interruptions.
The PMD has warned that the heavy rainfall may result in urban flooding in low-lying areas of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujranwala, and Lahore, starting from July 18 (night) and lasting until July 22.
Moreover, the potential for landslides exists in vulnerable areas such as Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and hilly regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa throughout this period.
#Pakistan: Heavy monsoon rains have returned, killing & injuring people and damaging homes, crops & livestock.— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) July 17, 2023
Lahore city has experienced significant flooding.
The already dire conditions faced by communities affected by the 2022 floods are worsening ➡️ https://t.co/mcfeDxySbx pic.twitter.com/MT5GdEwyqi
Farmers are advised to consider the weather forecast while planning their agricultural activities. Likewise, tourists and travelers are strongly encouraged to exercise extra caution to prevent any untoward incidents during this wet spell.