Urban Flooding Warnings Issued As New Round Of Rain Looms | Developing


Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman urged all public and non-government organisations to remain “vigilant and ready” as heavy rains with thunderstorms are expected across the country over the next 24 to 48 hours. She said the estimated number of people that may be impacted by rains was 0.9 million. The minister also stressed that “coordinated preparedness and proactive responses” saved lives and urged all the response teams to stay vigilant.
The National Disaster Management Authority had earlier cautioned that there was a possibility of “severe thunderstorms” and “heavy rainfall” in North and Northeastern Punjab, including Lahore, Sialkot, and Narowal over the next 48 hours. It said there was a potential for thunderstorms and heavy rainfalls in Sindh’s Karachi, Tharparkar, Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad, Badin, and Shaheed Benazirabad. In Northeastern Balochistan, thunderstorms were predicted in Sibbi, Zhob, Khlu, Killa Saifullah, Khuzdar, Barkhan, Loralai, Dera Bugti, and Lasbela. Similarly, rainfall was expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Malam Jabba, and Balakot over the next two days. The NDMA also warned of urban flooding in municipal areas and landsliding in hilly regions.
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