NDMA issues high alert to K-P, Punjab over urban flooding threat

NDMA issues high alert to K-P and Punjab over urban flooding threat.

Sehrish Wasif July 12, 2015
A man tries to clear debris in a Rawalpindi street flooded with rain water. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned that heavy but scattered rainfall could generate urban flooding. Rains are expected in Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujaranwala, Lahore and Hazara division during Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile flash floods are expected in some parts of Balochistan. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued a high alert to officials and departments concerned in K-P and Punjab to take extra preventive measures to avoid loss of life.

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Rashid Bilal, a meteorologist at PMD, said the Met office has already issued an alert to the district governments. He said it is expected that these heavy showers will create havoc for a short period of time.

Bilal said however, that it is expected that on Sunday the first spell of monsoon will come to an end. The following week from Monday to Thursday weather will remain dry and hot. Meanwhile the second spell of monsoon rain is expected to start from late Thursday night which will continue for a few days.

“It is expected that Pakistan will receive below normal rains during second spell of monsoon,” he said.

On the other hand on Saturday morning an emergency was declared in Rawalpindi when the water level in Nullah Lai crossed dangerous levels.

Mohammad Umar Farooq, Assistant Director Information at Water And Sanitation Agency (WASA), Rawalpindi said the water level in the Nullah Lai reached 16 feet triggering concerns.

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“Rawalpindi has already being declared as high risk district in the monsoon contingency plan. Therefore it will remain on high alert till the end of the season,” he said.

NDMA spokesman Ahmed Kamal said after receiving PMD’s high alerts they have sent it to its provincial departments to take precautionary measures well before time.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2015.

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