Another strong monsoon
likely to hit Karachi
and Sindh till Monday,
more casualties apprehended

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KARACHI: According to a Met office forecast, Karachi is bracing for another spell of heavy monsoon showers and possible flooding after braving a deadly and destructive period of deluge during Eidul Azha.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department said on Wednesday that “another strong monsoon low-pressure area” was likely to approach Sindh on Thursday (July 14) and persist till Monday (July 18).

“Under the influence of this weather system, widespread rain-thunderstorms with few heavy/very heavy falls are likely to occur in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Tharparkar, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Naushero Feroz, Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Dadu, Jamshoro, Shikarpur, Ghotki and Kashmore districts between July 14 and July 18,” the Met Office predicted.

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KARACHI: Motorists trying to cross flooded road after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi.

Moreover, it said, parts of Thatta, Badin, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas and Tharparkar might witness rain/thunderstorm today (Wednesday).

The Met Office warned that heavy falls may cause flooding and water logging in Karachi’s low-lying areas, as well as those of Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Dadu, Jamshoro, Nawabshah, Jacobabad, Larkana and Sukkur.

“Persistent heavy spell may trigger hill torrents/flash flooding along and downstream Kirthar range,” it further cautioned.

According to the Met Office, sea conditions will also remain “rough to very rough” from July 15-17.

Therefore, it asked all relevant authorities to remain alert/ vigilant and take necessary measures in this regard.

Pakistani authorities warned on Tuesday of more downpours this week, as monsoon rains are wreaking havoc in several regions of the country.  

The rains, which began with the onset of monsoon season in South Asia in mid-June, have already killed at least 150 people in Pakistan, with nearly half the deaths recorded in the country’s south and southwest.

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KARACHI: Motorists trying to cross flooded road after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi.

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the devastated areas and also took air-survey today soon after return from Saudi Arabia. He issued that necessary instruction to Army and Rangers the necessary

In Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province and the country’s financial hub, a rain emergency was announced on Monday, after large parts of the megapolis were left under water and without power, and at least 11 deaths from rain-related accidents were reported during the day.

Traders in Karachi said on Tuesday they were counting losses worth billions of rupees after heavy rains and flooding battered Pakistan’s commercial hub over the past few days.

The rains, which began with the onset of monsoon season in South Asia in mid-June, have already killed at least 150 people in Pakistan, with nearly half the deaths recorded in the country’s south and southwest.

In Karachi, the capital of the southern Sindh province, a rain emergency was announced on Monday, after large parts of the megapolis were left under water and without power, and at least 11 deaths from rain-related accidents were reported during the day.

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KARACHI: Motorists trying to cross flooded road after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi.

Rainwater has inundated Karachi’s old city, where most of its wholesale markets dealing in commodities and garments are located. The markets supply goods to almost areas of the megapolis and other parts of Pakistan.

“The markets in old city area were half submerged by Tuesday afternoon and it seemed that the things have slipped out of the hands of administration,” Atiq Mir, chairman of All Karachi Tajir Ittehad, an umbrella of major business associations in the city, told Arab News on Tuesday.  

“We estimate that the flooding has cost the traders billions of rupees,” he said. “The traders have suffered losses, not seen in last 10 years due to the mismanagement of government and we demand that the government should compensate traders because they are already suffering from the high inflation and low business activities.”

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Shehbaz Sharif issues instruction

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday directed federal and provincial governments to stay alert and vigilant in the wake of fresh prediction for more heavy rainfall across the country.

In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, Shehbaz asked authorities to closely monitor measures taken in Sindh, Balochistan and South Punjab to cope with the impending threat of another spell of torrential rains.

In a report today, Radio Pakistan stated that rain, wind, and thunder showers were expected in Islamabad, upper and central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eastern Balochistan, Kashmir, and lower Sindh during the next 12 hours.

Heavy falls are likely in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Punjab, and Kashmir. Separately, the Met department predicted heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in Karachi, Thatta, Badin and Hyderabad from July 14.

In his statement, the premier commended the National Disaster Management Authority for making “effective coordination between the centre and provinces to deal with rain-related emergencies”.