Warning issued as pre-monsoon rains are expected to start from today

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The photo shows a child walking in the rain with an umbrella in this undated photo.  — Reuters/File
The photo shows a child walking in the rain with an umbrella in this undated photo. — Reuters/File

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) advised concerned authorities to remain alert as the country is expected to experience pre-monsoon rains from today (Sunday).

Met Office reported that pre-monsoon showers with dust thunderstorms are forecast in the upper and central parts from June 25 to 30 with occasional gaps.

Meanwhile, prevailing heat wave conditions are likely to ease from June 25 (today), the PMD said, adding that the moist currents from the Arabian Sea are moving into the higher and central parts of the country and a westerly wave is likely to be moving into the upper parts of the country . parts of the country on June 25.

“Rain/Wind Thunderstorm – with few heavy falls – expected in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Galliyat, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Chitral, Swat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Kurram, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, Mianwali, Sargodha, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahudin, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh from June 24 (night) to June 30 with occasional gaps,” the met department said.

“Rain/wind thunderstorms with isolated heavy falls are also expected in Barkhan, Loralai, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Kalat, Khuzdar, Zhob, Ziarat, Musakhel, Dera Ismail Khan, Karak, Waziristan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Multan, Bhakkar, Layyah, Kot Addu, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Okara, from June 26 to 29, while in Sukkur, Jacobabad and Larkana from June 27 to 28,” it added.

What are the effects?

The Met Office said heavy rain could trigger urban flooding in low-lying areas of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujranwala and Lahore on June 26 and 27 and could trigger landslides in the vulnerable areas of Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Meanwhile, heavy rain on June 27 could cause flash flooding in the mountain streams of Dera Ghazi Khan and adjacent areas in northeastern Balochistan.

“During dust storms/wind storms and heavy falls, the loose structure such as electric poles, solar panels etc. can be damaged and the general public is advised to stay in safe places during dust storms and heavy showers,” the advisory said.

“All concerned authorities are advised to remain alert and take necessary precautions during the forecast period,” it added.

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