Another spell of monsoon is near to hit in Pakistan. by Naseem Sheukh

(Naseem Sheikh, Lahore)

Weather of pakistan is expecting another good spell of monsoon rain after very hot, humid and sweaty period. PMD (Pakistan Meteorological Department ) has informed that the “second spell of monsoon rains is expected in coming 24 hours, travelling through the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, has made its way into the north-eastern parts of the country.”

Rainfall is expected to match the long-term average to slightly more in northern half of Pakistan. Good rainfall spell are expected during the 2nd and 3rd decade of the month, which may cause urban flooding and flash floods in some parts of the country.
According to the spokesperon of meterelogical department, the monsoon with gusty winds and thunder splash will lash isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Kashmir regions from 13th to 15th July.

“Seasonal Low lies over North Baluchistan on 14th and 15th July with its trough extending southeastward. A shallow westerly wave is affecting northern areas. Weak monsoon currents are penetrating Kashmir and its adjoining areas,” Met department said.

Considering the weather forecast by PMD, National Disaster management Authority alert low to medium flooding in river Chenab and associated nullah of river Ravi and chenab during the rainy week.

Flood warning have been issuing Alert to people residing in / close to river plains / water courses.

Relevant stakeholders have been asked to remain on alert and ensure timely clearance of sewerage / drainage system in all major cities including Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan and Peshawar.

National Institute of Health (NIH)/NHEPRN will advise all provincial health departments about places where pre-placement of necessary staff and medicines can required.

All concerned have been recommended to ensure precautionary measures to avoid any loss of life or property, which include:

(a) NHA, FWO and C&W departments of respective provinces/ regions to remain vigilant in restoring road links;

(b) tourists be apprised about weather forecast;

(c) availability of staff of emergency services;

(d) in case of any eventuality, twice daily updates should be shared with NDMA;

(e) and relevant departments may issue necessary instructions to stakeholders in the light of fresh weather forecast.

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