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Army’s help sought in rain-hit areas of twin cities

Written By Zeeshan Shaukat on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 | 01:02

Army’s help sought in rain-hit areas of twin cities
RAWALPINDI: Army has been called for rescue and relief in Gawalmandi area of Rawalpindi after heavy rain along with thunder lashed the twin cities Tuesday morning, Zee Info News reported.

Though the weather turned pleasant, rainwater caused immense difficulties for the residents living in areas adjoining Nullah Lai as the water level rose to the maximum level.

Due to flooding in the Nullah Lai, the met department issued red alert over the alarming situation while the Rawalpindi administration instructed the residents of the nearby areas to evacuate.

Many low-lying areas were emerged in the rainwater while several roads of Islamababd and Rawalpindi were also blocked, causing a massive traffic jam.

The spokesman of MTA told that Army’s help has been sought in Gawalmandi area of Rawalpindi while rainwater has submerged Gulbahar, Kohat Road, Charsadda Road and other areas.

In the last 24 hours, 54 mm rainfall was recorded in Peshawar, 49 mm in Risalpur, 47 mm Islamabad and 30 mm in Sialkot.

The met department had forecast widespread rain and thundershowers with scattered heavy falls in Punjab, including Islamabad, during the next two days.

The heavy rains may generate flash flooding in the vulnerable areas and local nullahs of Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore and DG Khan divisions and Islamabad on Tuesday (today) and Wednesday, said met department's weekly weather report.

According to the report, seasonal low lies over northwestern Balochistan and adjoining areas, whereas monsoon low pressure area lies over southwestern Uttar Pardesh (India) and adjoining areas. Due to this low pressure, strong monsoon is likely to grip upper parts of the country.

Scattered rain and thundershowers may also occur in northern and southeastern parts of Punjab, including Islamabad during second half of the week (15th to 18th August) with occasional gaps.

Widespread intermittent rain/thundershowers with scattered heavy falls are also expected in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the next two days. The heavy rains may generate urban and flash flooding in the vulnerable areas/ local nullahs of the province (Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu and DI Khan Divisions) today and on Wednesday.

Similarly, widespread intermittent rain/thundershowers with scattered heavy falls are expected in northeastern Balochistan (Sibbi, Nasirabad, Zhob and Kalat Divisions) during next two to three days. These heavy rains may generate urban and flash flooding in the vulnerable areas/local nullahs of northeastern Balochistan (Zhob, Sibbi, Naseerabad Divisions) from Tuesday to Thursday.

Scattered rain/thundershowers may also occur in northeastern Balochistan during the second half of the week with occasional gaps.

Mainly dry and windy weather is expected in most parts of Sindh during the current week. However, mostly cloudy weather conditions with chances of isolated rain/thundershower is expected in lower/southeastern Sindh on Wednesday and Thursday.

Widespread intermittent rain-thundershower with scattered heavy falls is expected in Kashmir during first half of the week. These heavy rains may generate urban and flash flooding and land sliding in the vulnerable areas of Kashmir today and on Wednesday. Scattered rain/thundershowers are also expected in Kashmir during the second half of the week with occasional gaps.

Rain/thunderstorm is expected at scattered places of Gilgit-Baltistan during the first half of the week, while mainly dry/partly cloudy weather is expected in most parts of Gilgit-Baltistan during second half of the week.
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