Bring out the brolly: Showers herald in the monsoons

Earthquake jolts Malakand division, no casualties reported.

Our Correspondents June 30, 2013
Earthquake jolts Malakand division, no casualties reported.


Temperatures dropped to a bearable 32 degrees Celsius in the city after light rainfall in parts of the district on Saturday.

A heat wave this month saw the mercury cross 40 degrees Celsius, but the start of the monsoon rains in the province has brought forth pleasant weather.

Meteorological Office Director Peshawar Mushtaq Ali Shah told The Express Tribune the arrival of the monsoon season could be felt in Swat, Malakand, Hazara division, Charsadda, Swabi and Bannu. Peshawar district had only received light rains so far.

“This is the monsoon system which has entered the region, but in Peshawar we do not expect heavy rainfall during this first spell,” explained Shah. Precipitation was expected to continue sporadically till Monday, after which a dry spell will hold through for a week.

“After seven or ten days, we can expect showers in Peshawar and other parts of the province; we are expecting a normal monsoon this year,” said the director.

Mild earthquake jolts Malakand

A moderate earthquake jolted Chitral, Dir and Swat on Saturday morning. An official of the metrological department confirmed a 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit Swat, Chitral, Dir and adjoining areas at around 8:30am. The epicenter was 43 kilometres north of Mingora, at a depth of 10 kilometres. There have been no reports of human casualties and/or damage to property.

Water levels

Rivers across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa recorded a medium-level water flow on Saturday. According to a flood cell official at the irrigation department, the flow of water in Kabul River in Nowshera was recorded at 94,000 cusecs while in Warsak it was 53,980 cusecs.

The official confirmed water levels in all rivers were at ‘medium’ level, including the Swat River.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2013.


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