60 to 70 mm of rain expected in the city during the new monsoon season

A commuter crosses a flooded street after a heavy downpour in Karachi on July 11, 2022. -AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan Meteorological Department Chief Meteorologist Dr Sardar Sarfaraz said on Wednesday that Karachi is expected to receive 60-70mm of rain over the next three to four days as the second wave of monsoon showers is expected hit Sindh province this week.

Talk to Geo Newsthe chief meteorologist warned that torrential rains under the influence of the second wave of monsoon rains could generate urban flooding in the port city.

He warned of heavy rains in interior Sindh from tomorrow (Thursday).

The meteorologist observed that Karachi received more than 342mm of rain from July 5 to 11. He said the country had received “above normal” rainfall from July 5 until now.

“Rainwater Flows”

Meanwhile, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon claimed that rainwater from 90% of the city has been drained, adding that rainwater accumulated in the old city will soon be drained away. .

It is pertinent to mention here that the intermittent heavy rains in different parts of Karachi since Monday evening have flooded many parts of the city bringing life to a complete halt.

18 people also lost their lives in different incidents across the city.

Reacting to opposition parties’ criticism of the Sindh government over the post-rains situation in the province, he argued that political parties were scoring points ahead of local elections.

MQM-P holds Sindh, center responsible for Karachi’s miseries

Meanwhile, former Karachi mayor and MQM-P leader Wasim Akhtar has held Sindh and federal governments accountable for the post-rains situation in Karachi.

He maintained that the fate of the city will not change until power is transferred to the base.

“Strong monsoon activity” this week

While intermittent heavy rains have wreaked havoc in Karachi for the past two days, the PMD on Tuesday forecast more widespread rains in Karachi as well as other parts of Sindh, Balochistan and southern Punjab from 14 to July 17.

“Monsoon currents from the Bay of Bengal are continuously penetrating the upper and central parts of the country, while another strong area of ​​low monsoon pressure (LPA) is expected to approach Sindh on July 14 (Thursday),” the PMD said in a statement.

The PMD further said that the rains will not only hit Sindh but will also affect Balochistan and South Punjab.

The latest PMD satellite image shows a weather system moving towards Sindh.
The latest PMD satellite image shows a weather system moving towards Sindh.

“Under the influence of this weather system, more widespread intermittent rain-winds/thunderstorms are expected in Karachi, Hyderabad Thatta, Badin, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Mithi, Jamshoro, Nosheroferoze, Larkana, Jaccobabad, Ghotki, Sukkur, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Qambar Shahdadkot, Kashmore, Zhob, Ziarat, Barkhan, Loralai, Bolan, Kohlu, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbella, Awaran, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Dera Bugti, Sibbi, Panjgur, Turbat and Pasni from July 14 to 17.

He said more intermittent rain-wind/thunderstorm showers (with isolated heavy downpours) are expected in Islamabad, Kashmir, Swat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan , Swabi, Nowshera, Kurram, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, Mianwali, Sargodha, Hafizabad, MB Din, Rawalpindi, Murree, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sheikhupura , Faisalabad, Jhang, Sahiwal, Okara, Bhakkar, Layyah, Multan, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Rahimyar Khan and Khanpur from 13th to 15th July with occasional intervals.

Urban floods

PMD warned that torrential rains could generate urban flooding in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Shaheed Benazirabad, Jamshoro, Mirpurkhas, Dadu, Umer Kot, Jaccobabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Awaran, Panjgur and Turbat from July 14-17 .

Meanwhile, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Faisalabad, Lahore and Gujranwala are likely to be affected by urban floods from July 13-14.

“Flash floods are also expected in the local nullahs of the Kirthar range, Bolan, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbella, Barkhan, Naseerabad, Kohlu, Zhob, Sibbi and the torrents of the Dera Ghazi Khan hills from July 14 to 16, and in Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Dir and Kashmir on July 13-14,” the press release read.

The PMD said the rainfall could trigger landslides in Kashmir, Galiyat, Murree, Chillas, Diamir, Gilgit, Hunza, Astore and Skardu during the forecast period.

“Travelers and tourists are advised to remain cautious during the forecast period. All relevant authorities are advised to remain vigilant and take necessary precautionary measures during the forecast period.”

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