Twin cities’ residents can expect a week of rain

Thundershowers predicted in scattered areas of upper Punjab.


Waqas Naeem July 31, 2013
The spell will continue for three to four days, according to PMD officials. PHOTO:FILE

ISLAMABAD:


A break from the excruciating hot and humid weather is around the corner, with the twin cities due for a few consecutive days of rain this week.


The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted rain for Islamabad and Rawalpindi beginning midweek. The spell will continue for three to four days, according to PMD officials.

The twin cities have witnessed levels of relative humidity ranging between 50 and 80 over the past two days, according data provided by the PMD’s National Weather Forecasting Centre. High levels of humidity signal upcoming rains, but they also elevate the perception of heat for the human body. The average temperature in Rawalpindi and Islamabad remained in the mid-thirties over the weekend.

A PMD duty officer told The Express Tribune said a good spell of rain is expected which “is predicted to last for the entire week”.

The high humidity in the twin cities meant significant moisture has been accumulated in the atmosphere, according to the PMD.

As light to moderate monsoonal currents from the Arabian Sea reach upper parts of Pakistan, rain and thundershowers are predicted at scattered places in upper Punjab including Islamabad and Rawalpindi during the week.

Dr Muhammad Hanif, Director of PMD’s National Weather Forecasting Centre had recently told The Express Tribune that the timings of rainfall are determined by the strength of the weather system. Islamabad and Rawalpindi have mostly been receiving rain showers between midnight and dawn.

“It is raining in the night time because the weather system acting on Islamabad is of moderate intensity,” Hanif said. “So the rains are intermittent and occur in brief spells.”

He said if the system is strong, showers can persist for 12 to 20 hours, thereby raining day and night. The strength of the Monsoon rains is expected to increase slightly starting in August, Hanif said.

Islamabad has recorded considerable rains during July. Saidpur, in the eastern half of the federal capital, alone has witnessed around 400 millimetres (mm) of rain and on at least two occasions, areas around the city’s northeast including Saidpur, Margalla Road, F-6, G-5, have seen brief episodes of flash flooding. Winds accompanying the rain have also resulted in some power outages and uprooting trees in the same areas during July.

Some residents such as Amina Askari, who have experienced flooding of Islamabad roads in the recent rains, have come up with their own driving system for the rains.

“When it pours in Islamabad, it is always wise to take inner routes and older roads,” Askari, who works at the Rural Support Programmes Network, shared her practical wisdom. “The newer roads are more likely to be flooded, in my experience.”

The new roads might be more affected because of the size of the drain pipes installed for run-off there. The Capital Development Authority’s Flood Relief Cell will be making rounds of the city at night during the Monsoon season and can be contacted at 16 and 051-2855513 for help in case of flash flooding incidents.

A map, created by The Express Tribune, of areas in Islamabad that were affected temporarily during the July rains can be seen here.
F-6

Latitude: 33.729551

Longitude: 73.073058

Power outages

July 6-7

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Margalla Road near Marghazar Zoo Signal

Latitude: 33.731906

Longitude: 73.062329

Flash Flooding

July 6-7

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F-7

Latitude: 33.721056

Longitude: 73.054948

Power outages

July 6-7, JULY 21

Small_black

Margalla Road near PMLQ House

Latitude: 33.730479

Longitude: 73.059762

Flash Flooding 2532

July 6-7

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Margalla Road near PMLQ House

Latitude: 33.730479

Longitude: 73.059762

Flash Flooding 222

July 6-7

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Margalla Road opposite Bahria University

Latitude: 33.714934

Longitude: 73.029574

Flash Flooding 5335

July 6-7

Large_blue

Jasmine Road near Sitara Market

Latitude: 33.730479

Longitude: 73.059762

July 21

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7th Avenue - Blue

Area crossing

Latitude: 33.719717

Longitude: 73.070775

Damage

July 21

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Federal Government Primary School No. 5

Latitude: 33.714336

Longitude: 73.082405

Damage

July 24

Large_purple

Working Women's Hostel, G-6/3

Latitude: 33.718593

Longitude: 73.086841

Flooding

July 21

Large_Blue

France Colony, F-7/4

Latitude: 33.720859

Longitude: 73.061632

Flash Flooding

July 6-7

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Residential area in G-7/2 near Comprehensive School No.1

Latitude: 33.706848

Longitude: 73.061907

Basement flooding

July 21

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France Colony, F-7/4

Latitude: 33.720079

Longitude: 73.062616

Tree uprooted

July 6-7

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France Colony, F-7/4

Latitude: 33.721154

Longitude: 73.062095

Drowning incident/Fatality

July 6-7

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Embassy Read PSO Pump

Latitude: 33.715951

Longitude: 73.096865

Tree uprooted

July 24

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Agha Khan Road in front of Marriot Hotel

Latitude: 33.733379

Longitude: 73.087329

Flash flooding

July 6-7

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PM Staff Colony near 4th Avenue

Latitude: 33.732995

Longitude: 73.108968

Flash flooding

July 21

Large_blue

Khayaban-e Iqbal near Saidpur village entrance

Latitude: 33.737402

Longitude: 73.071349

Flash flooding

July 7, July 21

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Fazl-e Haq road near China Chowk

Latitude: 33.722662

Longitude: 73.082791

Flash flooding

July 24

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Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2013. 

COMMENTS (1)

gul faraz | 7 years ago | Reply

Blessing of God soon turned into a big trouble for karachites. Heavy traffic jam, flood and electricity failure. Poor arrangements from authorities. May God protect this city.

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