ISLAMABAD: Rains and related flash and urban flooding have so far killed 164 people across the country during the current monsoon season, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has said.
According to the latest situation report issue by the authority, “From June 26 till September 6, a total of 164 people have been reported killed, including 39 children, while 167 people injured in rain-related incidents and 440 houses damaged.”
“The highest number of casualties has been reported from Sindh and Punjab where 38 people in each province have been killed followed by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (28), Balochistan (26), Fata (18), Gilgit-Baltistan (8), AJK (5) and ICT (3),” the report said.
Meanwhile, the monsoon spell will continue to remain active but in its weaker phase during September as well.
The meteorological department has warned that few spells of rainfall “embedded with isolated extreme events are expected in upper parts of the country” which may trigger floods.
According to the monthly outlook for September issued by the Pakistan Meteorological Department on Wednesday, near normal rainfall is expected in the country during the month.
“Three to four spells of rainfall, however, embedded with isolated extreme events are expected in upper Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.
“While one to two spells of light to moderate intensity are predicted in Sindh and Balochistan. These extreme events may generate floods,” the outlook read.
“Though currently monsoon is in a weaker phase, some parts of the country are having isolated heavy showers,” an official of the meteorological office said, adding, “At day time, weather remains hot and humid.”
He said the monsoon season will come to an end this month and after that it is expected that temperature may start falling.
“This year, too, we are expecting short winter which will most probably start by the end of December,” he said.
According to the department in the next 24 hours rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, upper Punjab – including Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha and Faisalabad divisions, Islamabad, Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, while at isolated places in DG Khan, Multan, Sahiwal, Zhob and Kalat divisions.