Met office predicts more rains, floods across Pakistan

Published: July 26, 2015
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Rescue workers moving people from affected areas in Peshawar. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/EXPRESS

Rescue workers moving people from affected areas in Peshawar. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/EXPRESS

The meteorological department on Sunday predicted heavy rainfall in most parts of the country as 51 people have been killed in recent floods so far.

Widespread rain and thundershower with scattered heavy downpour is expected over major parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and FATA including Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, D I Khan, Bannu and Kohat divisions, Bajour, Mahmond, Khyber and Orakzai Agencies.

The situation in other provinces are not much different as heavy rains are also predicted in Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Multan, DG Khan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Islamabad, Kashmir, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Zhob, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Bajaur, Mahmund, Khyber, Orakzai Agencies.

Read: Rains, flood kill 36 in Pakistan

Met department has also warned that heavy rains might generate flash and urban floods in all the vulnerable area requested all the concerned authorities to take precautionary measures.

Flood warning

Flood Forecasting Division has forecasted high to very high level floods in River Indus at Tarbela upstream, ranging between 490,000 to 550,000 cusecs during next 24 hours, while at Kalabagh the river is also likely to attain high flood level ranging between 550,000 cusecs to 600,000 cusecs in next 48 hours.

Read: Dealing with floods

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), due to floods so far 51 people have died while 21 were injured across the country.

As many as 258,000 people in over 450 villages have been affected by the monsoon rains and floods, while crops standing over 230,000 acres of land have been damaged.

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