More rains expected on August 14, 15: DG Met Office

Director General of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Dr. Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry said  on Thursday more rains are expected in Punjab, Azad Kashmir, Sindh and Islamabad on August 14 and 15.

Talking to APP, he said the Met Office has forecast widespread rains in the first two weeks of August while on and off rains will continue during August in areas of Sindh.

He said concentration of flood water will create moisture in the air and cause more rains in the submerged areas.

The DG said that the second phase of floods was passing through Southern Punjab and the water levels in Indus river would now sustain at 700,000 to 800,000 cu secs.

However, the water level will rise to 900,000 to 10,00,000 cu secs at Guddu barrage on August 13 after water from Chenab and other rivers merges in Indus river.

He said heavy rains are expected and more water will come from catchment areas of eastern rivers of Jhelum, Sutlej, Ravi and Chenab.

The DG Met Office explained that climate change in the earth’s atmosphere was frequently causing extreme events.

Last year, the rains were 40 percent below the average which caused drought conditions in the country, he informed and said this year the rains were 20 percent more than average.

The areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were out of monsoon belt where widespread rains cause flooding, However Met office had already issued warnings of the widespread precipitation due to weather activity in Bay of Bengal, he added.