Intermittent rain lashes various parts of country


ISLAMABAD: Different parts of the country, including Islamabad and Rawalpindi, continued receiving intermittent rain on Saturday.

A spokesperson of the Met Office said that the highest rainfall of 128 mm had been recorded in Malam Jabba followed by 69 mm in Murree.

He said the present rain-spell, which started on Friday, would persist till Monday morning while another spell was expected from Wednesday. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority has already issued alert about flash floods due to continuous rains in different areas of the province.

People living in surroundings of river banks and seasonal nullahs have been advised to be careful. In Balochistan, people facing flash flood may contact Provincial Disaster Management Authority control room at 081-9241133 and Quetta division control room at 0819203036 in case of any emergency.

During last 24 hours, rainfall recorded in last 24 hours was Malamjaba 128 mm, Pattan 49mm, Kakul 40mm, Balakot and Saidu Sharif 37mm, Dir 28mm, Peshwar city and Kalam 24mm, Cherat 22mm, Lower Dir 19mm, Parachinar 18mm, Bannu 14 mm, D.I.Khan, Mirkhani 13 mm, Drosh 08mm, Chitral 06mm, Kashmir Rawalakot 97mm, Muzaffarabad 57mm, Kotli 34mm, Garhi Dupatta 27mm, Punjab: Murree 69mm, Islamabad (Saidpur 53mm, Golra 49mm, Bokra 38mm, Z.P 38mm), Rawalpindi (Shamsabad 37mm, Chaklala 30mm), Jhelum 39mm, Sialkot A/P 29mm, Bahawalpur A/P 25 mm, Bahawalnagar 24 mm, Gujranwala , Mangla 22 mm, Bahawalpur City 21 mm, Mandibahauddin 20 mm, Faisalabad 19 mm, Jhang, Noorpur Thal 18 mm, Multan, Layyah and Chakwal 17 mm, Sargodha 16 mm, Sialkot Cantt and Joharabad 15 mm, Khanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Toba Tek Singh 13 mm and Kot Addu 08 mm, Lahore PBO 07 mm, D.G.Khan 05 mm, Lahore A/P, Sahiwal 04 mm, and Okara 02 mm.

In Balochistan Lasbela 15 mm, Zhob 10 mm, Khuzdar 08 mm, Panjgur 04 mm, Kalat 03 mm, Dalbandin, Quetta (Samungli) 02mm while in Sindh Moen-jo-Daro 23 mm, Larkana 16 mm, Rohri, Sukkur 08 mm, Dadu 04 mm, Gilgit-Baltistan Astore 12 mm, Skardu 06 mm, Bagrot 05 mm, Chilas 04 mm and Gupis 01mm.

Highest maximum temperatures recorded on Saturday was Sh. Benazirabad 36?C, while the highest temperature of major cities remained Hyderabad 32 ?C, Karachi 30 ?C, Lahore 26?C, Multan 23?C, Faisalabad and Gilgit 21?C.

During next 24 hours, Pakistan Meterological Deparment (PMD) forecast that widespread rain-thundershower accompanied by strong gusty winds, with hailstorm at isolated places, was expected in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Islamabad and upper Punjab. In Punjab rain fall is expected in Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal divisions.

While scattered heavy downpour is expected in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions, FATA, Kashmir, Islamabad and D.G Khan divisions during the period. Rain-thundershower accompanied by strong gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Multan, D.G Khan divisions, and at isolated places in Bahawalpur, Quetta, Zhob, Kalat divisions.

A low pressure area lies over north Balochistan and its adjoining areas. Westerly wave is affecting upper and central parts of the country and likely to persist till Monday, an official of Met office told APP.

The forecast warned that the heavy downpour could generate urban/flash flooding in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions, FATA, DG Khan, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Lahore divisions and Kashmir during the current spell.