The Met Office predicts torrential rain across the country from today

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecast torrential rain across the country on Sunday, starting Monday (today), due to a weather system that is penetrating the upper and central parts of the country.

The authority said the aforementioned system will last until Wednesday. A similar alert was issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which also issued directives to the relevant authorities to adopt emergency measures in view of the situation.

Due to strong weather system, heavy rains are expected in Sukkur, Larkana, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Hyderabad, Karachi, Dera Bugti, Jaffarabad, Naseerabad, Lasbela and Khuzdar from Tuesday night to Wednesday.

The advisory added that a widespread thunderstorm with isolated hailstorms would occur in Islamabad, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Buner, Shangla, Kohistan, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Swabi, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan , Charsadda, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Kurram, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Waziristan.

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Rawalpindi, Murree, Galyat, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Bhakkar, Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Hafizabad, Faisalabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Okara, Kasur , Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Bahawalnagar and Multan can also receive heavy rain from Monday evening to Wednesday.

He further said that widespread rains and windstorms with isolated hailstorms would occur in Bhimber, Kotli, Mirpur, Poonch, Bagh, Haveli, Hattian, Muzaffarabad and Neelum Valley; Gilgit Baltistan comprising Astore, Ghizer, Gilgit, Diamir, Hunza and Skardu and Balochistan comprising Zhob, Sherani, Musa Khel, Kohlu, Barkhan during the above mentioned period.

The PMD warned that the downpours could trigger landslides in vulnerable areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Galiyat, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

There is also a concern that rainfall will generate flash floods in nullahs or the KP rivers as well as in Punjab, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and northeast Balochistan.

“Travelers and tourists are advised to remain cautious during the forecast period and avoid unnecessary travel,” the notice continued.

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