Punjab on high alert as heavy monsoon rains predicted

Punjab to experience rains 35% above normal; PMDA issues warning of urban flooding, hill torrents in southern Punjab

News Desk June 23, 2024
Monsoon rains predicted by MET PHOTO:Express


The Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued an alert regarding the upcoming monsoon rains, forecasting an increase of 35% above normal levels. All provincial administrations were notified on Sunday to prepare for the heightened rainfall.

According to the PDMA, the monsoon season is set to begin on July 1 in Punjab, with 15 to 50 mm of rain expected in the first week. The second week could see 25 to 35 mm, while the third week might bring 15 to 25 mm to upper and southern Punjab.

The fourth week of July is predicted to have the highest rainfall, with 50 to 70 mm expected. Heavy rain with thunderstorms is anticipated across upper, central, and southern Punjab.

The PDMA has warned of urban flooding and hill torrents in southern Punjab during the monsoon season. In response to directives from Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, all relevant departments have been put on high alert.

PDMA Director General Irfan Ali Kathia emphasised the need for district administrations to ensure all precautionary measures are in place before the monsoon rains begin. He urged the completion of drainage system cleaning and maintenance of water channels as soon as possible, highlighting that preemptive measures and cooperation can mitigate the damage caused by natural disasters. Kathia noted that ensuring the safety of citizens' lives and property is a top priority, with no room for negligence.

Earlier this week, Rawalpindi and its surrounding areas experienced their first pre-monsoon rain, signalling the potential danger of monsoon floods in Nullah Leh and other rain drains.

In Sindh, the PMD reported that Karachi is forecasted to experience rain and thunderstorms today, with the weather expected to remain hot and humid, temperatures reaching up to 39°C, and humidity at 75%.

Last week, the Met Office predicted sweltering temperatures for the first day of Eid, followed by rain in the upper regions of Punjab, Kashmir, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on the second day.


Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ