Met Office anticipates further rains in coming days

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has advised the relevant authorities to take precautionary measures following the expected rains in the coming days as a result of another low-pressure zone that developed in Sindh on 23 August.

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Heavy rains could cause urban flooding in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Peshawar, Nowshera, and Mardan on August 21st and 22nd.

Sudden floods are forecast in the local nullahs of Abbottabad, Mansehra, Dir, Karak, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, and Kashmir on 21 and 22 August.

The low-pressure area in upper Sindh will likely weaken over the next 12 hours, while another low-pressure area is expected in Sindh from 23 August. Because of this weather system, the monsoon streams will pass through the upper and southern parts of the country.

Under the influence of this weather system, the northeastern portions of Balochistan are expected to experience rain and thunderstorm showers with isolated heavy falls from August 20 to 22 while in Sindh on August 20 with sporadic gaps.

Rain showers/thunderstorms with isolated heavy falls are expected at scattered locations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan from August 20-23 with occasional discrepancies.

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More rain/thundershowers with some heavy falls are predicted in Sindh, southern Punjab, and southern and northeastern Balochistan on 23 and 24 August.

The PMD disclosed that heavy rainfall can lead to urban flooding in Sukkur, Dadu, Larkana, Jacobabad, and Shaheed Benazirabad on 19 and 20 August, while other parts of Sindh may experience urban flooding on 23 and 24 August.

Flash flood is predicted in Qilla Saifullah, Lorelei, Barkhan, Kohlu, Musa Khel, Sherani, Sibbi, Bolan, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbela, and hill torrents of Dera Ghazi Khan on August 19 or 20 and then again from August 22-24. Rainfall can cause landslides in Kashmir in the hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galiyat, Murree, Chillas, Diamer, Gilgit, Hunza, Astore, Ghizer, and Skardu over the forecast horizon.

Travelers and tourists were advised to remain cautious throughout the forecast period.

The Indus and its tributaries may experience river flooding during the forecast period. All authorities were warned to stay vigilant and take precautionary measures.

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