Very heavy rains’ predicted in north Punjab, KashmirSeptember 3, 2014
Karachi: Met Office on Thursday issued a new weather alert, warning ‘very heavy’ rains in north Punjab and Kashmir during coming 24 to 36 hours. The alert says yesterday’s well marked Monsoon Low Pressure Area (MLPA) is now located over northwest Rajasthan (India) and adjoining areas with its trough extending upto northeast Punjab. The chief amounts of rainfall recorded during last 30 hours are: Sialkot (cantt. 251,Airport 167), Rawalakot 194, Lahore (City 183 Airport 180),Kotli 168, Gujrat 163, Mangla 153, Kasur 135, Jhelum 115, Faisalabad 113, T T Singh 97, Okara 85 and Mandibahauddin 70 mm.
This weather system still has a potential to produce heavy at times very heavy rainfall over northeast Punjab (Gujranwala. Lahore, Rawalpindi divisions), Kashmir and adjoining areas during next 24-36 hours. causing flood situation in the Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej Rivers and their tributaries.
Punjab Forecast: Widespread rain/thundershowers with isolated heavy at times very heavy falls are expected in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi divisions and Islamabad during next 24-36 hours. Heavy falls may generate further flash/urban flooding in the vulnerable areas.
Scattered rain/thundershowers are also expected in rest of Punjab during the period.
Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Forecast: Widespread rain/thundershowers with isolated heavy at times very heavy falls are expected in Kashmir during next 24-36 hours. Heavy intermittent rainfall may trigger further flash flooding/landslides in the vulnerable areas of Kashmir.
Scattered rain/thundershowers are also expected in Gilgit-Baltistan during next 24 hours.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Forecast: Scattered rain/thundershowers are expected in upper parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Kohat and Peshawar divisions) while at isolated places in Bannu and D.I. Khan divisions during next 24-36 hours. Isolated heavy falls are also expected in Hazara & Malakand division during the period.
Sindh Forecast: Rain/thundershowers are expected at scattered places in Sukkur and Mirpur Khas divisions during next 24 hours.
Balochistan Forecast: Rain/thundershowers are expected at isolated places in Sibbi and Naseerabad divisions on Thursday/Friday.
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