- Nine people died, eight were injured in rain-related incidents in Pakistan.
- Analysts say that there is a possibility of intermittent rain in Karachi tonight.
- Severe thunderstorm, heavy rain likely over North/Northeast Punjab including Lahore.
Meteorologist Jawad Memon said that moderate rain is expected on Sunday (tomorrow) in some areas of Karachi.
Several areas of the port city including Gulshan-e-Maymar, Surjani Town, Malir, Gushan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Federal B area received moderate to heavy rain today.
“It is likely to rain intermittently tonight while moderate rain is expected at a few places in Karachi tomorrow as the chances are high,” Memon said.
The weather forecaster said rains would continue in the port city till July 10 (Monday).
Moreover, at least nine people lost their lives while eight were injured in various rain-related incidents across the country today, according to data provided by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Most of the deaths occurred in Punjab mainly due to electrocution and building collapse.
According to the NDMA, there is a possibility of severe thunderstorm and heavy rain in north/northeast Punjab including Lahore, Sialkot and Narowal with high or very high river flows in Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej and associated drains – Bhimber, Aik, Deag. Palkhu and Basantar – are expected.
“The above situation may cause flash floods in municipal corporation areas and landslides in hilly areas,” NDMA said.
Meanwhile, thunderstorm and heavy rain are likely in Karachi, Tharparkar, Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad, Badin and Shaheed Benazirabad.
It said, “Thunderstorm and rain very likely in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Northeast Balochistan (Sibi, Zhob, Kohlu, Qila Saifullah, Khuzdar, Barkhan, Lorlai, Dera Bugti and Lasbela) and Bannu, DI Khan, Malam Jabba, Balakot.” hopefully.”
What are the guidelines?
The NDMA has advised city and district administrations to ensure contingency traffic planning for flood-prone areas in urban centres, with provision for immediate dewatering of flooded underpasses.
District administrations are advised to ensure completion of stock-taking and reconnaissance and public awareness of flood-prone areas, especially Marala headworks on Chenab river and Jassar on Ravi river, by July 20.
“Rescue services and leading NGOs will ensure the availability of personnel in the indicated areas,” the authority said. He said that all stakeholders have to maintain active coordination to ensure a quick and well-coordinated response.