Another spell of monsoon rain to hit Sindh from Thursday: PMD

KARACHI: Another monsoon low lies over Central India which is likely to influence lower Sindh from July 15, Met Office said in its latest alert on Wednesday.

Under its influence rain, wind or thunder-storm with a few moderate to heavy falls are likely to occur in all districts of lower Sindh till Friday and central and upper Sindh till Saturday, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said.

Moist monsoon currents from the North Arabian Sea continue to penetrate into lower Sindh, according to the weather report.

Persistent rain may create water logging in low lying areas of Karachi, Hyderabad, Badin, Thatta, Sukkur, Larkana, Dadu and Nawabshah districts of Sindh during the period.

Concerned district administrations were earlier advised to take necessary steps to avoid urban flooding in these areas.

The rainfall that started in Karachi on early morning Monday lashed several parts of the port city.

Hyderabad, Thatta, Sanghar, Dighri, Sujawal, Mirpur Bathoro, Tando Muhammad Khan and Tharparkar also received rain with heavy falls at some places.

The rainfall submerged low-lying areas while causing power outages at several places after the power feeders tripped.

In Karachi, several areas suffered power outages after the rainfall as over 600 electricity feeders tripped. Power utility K-Electric, however, claimed prompt restoration of electricity in the affected areas.

Moreover, heavy rain would continue for the next two days till Friday in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi including upper and Central Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Multan and in most areas of the country, said PMD Spokesman Dr Zaheer Babar on Wednesday.

In an interview, he said urban flooding would occur in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Peshawar and Faisalabad, Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin during the week.

He said heavy rains may trigger landslides in the vulnerable areas of Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

PMD spokesman further informed that heavy rain may generate flash flooding in Local/Barsati Nullahs of Sialkot, Narowal, hill torrents of Dera Ghazi Khan, Balochistan, Shangla, Buner, Bagram, Upper Swat, Kohistan and Kashmir.

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