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Country may see another rainstorm spell from Sunday: PMD

The Pakistan Meteorological has anticipated another spell of "heavy" rains and relentless monsoon in the country from August 14 (Sunday) to August 18 (Thursday) and warned of floods in various parts of Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh, including Karachi, during the forecast period.

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According to a Met Office alert issued on Saturday, a depression has developed in the Arabian Sea, which is probably heading towards the Makran coast in Balochistan.

Under the influence of this meteorological system, the monsoon currents continued to penetrate the south of the country, the Met Agency stated, adding that another area of low pressure could enter Sindh on 16 August.

As a result, “rain/rain of thunder (with few heavy falls)” was expected in Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Kashmir from 14 to 16 August with some gaps,’ stated the Met Office.

It was expected that Baluchistan and Sindh would receive “more widespread rain showers/thunderstorms (with heavy to very heavy scattered falls)” between 16 and 18 August, it said.

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According to the Met Office, heavy showers could cause urban flooding in various parts of Sindh, including Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Hyderabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, and Mirpurkhas between August 14 and August 18.

In addition to these areas, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Faisalabad, Lahore, and Gujranwala could also be subject to urban flooding between 14 and 16 August.

The Met Office also cautioned against flash floods in Balochistan’s Qila Saifullah, Loralai, Barkhan, Kohlu, Moua Khel, Sherani, Sibi, Bolan, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbela, Awaran, Turbat, Panjgur, Pasni, Jiwani, Ormara, Gwadar and Dera Ghazi Khan’s torrents in Punjab from 14 to 18 August.

It added that heavy rainfall could also cause sudden flooding in the nullahs of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Shakargarh, Sialkot, Narowal, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Dir, Karak, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, and Kashmir on August 15 and August 16.

The Met Office also stated that rain could cause landslides in Kashmir, hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galiyat, Murree, Chilas, Diamer, Gilgit, Hunza, Astore, Ghizer, and Skardu during the prediction period.

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