PESHAWAR: The residents of Peshawar heaved a sigh of relief as various parts of the city received rain on Sunday. The change of weather provided a much-needed respite from the sizzling heat.
Gridlocks were witnessed on roads as people thronged the city’s markets and parks to enjoy the showers.
While speaking to The Express Tribune, Anwar Ali, a local, who visited Chacha Younus Park in Gulbahar with his friends, said he visited the park to enjoy the rain and pleasant weather. “Rain is rare in Peshawar as it comes after a long break and makes people happy.”
An official of the Met department said during the next 24 hours partly cloudy weather was expected in most parts of the region. However, thundershower with windstorm was expected in scattered parts of Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Kohistan, Battagram, Torghar, Malakand, Buner, Chitral, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Swat, Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi, Kohat, Hangu and Karak districts and the tribal areas.
The department also issued alerts regarding expected heavy downpour that might trigger flash floods and landslides in vulnerable areas of Peshawar, Hazara and Malakand divisions.
Meanwhile, Provincial Disaster Management Authority Spokesperson Latifur Rehman told The Express Tribune PDMA pre-positioning stocks have been dispatched to Buner owing to expected monsoon rains in parts of Malakand division.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2016.
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