Met Office forecasts widespread rains from Sunday; Warns of flash floods and land slides


ISLAMABAD, July 08 (TNS): National Weather Forecasting Centre of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted widespread rains throughout the country from tomorrow ( Sunday/Monday). Thundershowers are expected in most areas of Punjab, Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Sindh and Balochistan.

According to the PMD press release, Met Office spokesperson informed that monsoon currents are expected to penetrate in upper parts of Pakistan from next week that will grip most parts of the country during the Wednesday or Thursday. A westerly wave is also expected to grip upper parts of the country during the mid week.

In Punjab and Kashmir there will be heavy rain in a number of areas including Islamabad, Upper Punjab. Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala and other cities and warned that there could be floods in water nullahs while low lying areas are to come under water.Kashmir regions will also witness rain from Monday to Thursday and there are chances of landslides due heavy rain.
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South Punjab districts including D.G.Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur and Sahiwal will also have monsoon rains next week.

Rain/thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is expected at scattered places in KP, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan during Tuesday toThursday.

Rain and thunderstorm will occur from moderate to heavy intensity in Sindh and Balochistan. Scattered areas in Sindh as well as several cities of Balochistan including Zhob, Sibbi, Naseerabad and Kalat divisions will receive monsoon thundershowers during next weekend.

PMD has warned the authorities about rain water accumulation everywhere and landslide risks in the hilly areas. Met Office spokesman warned that heavy rains will cause urban flooding and flash flooding in the vulnerable areas particularly in Barsati Nullahs of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, D.G.Khan divisions, KP and Kashmir. Due to intermittent rains, there is risk of landslides in hilly areas of upper KP, especially in Malakand and Hazara divisions, apart from GB andKashmir regions during next week.