ISLAMABAD/Lahore - The Met office has issued flood alert for the rivers of Punjab including Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej.
Chief Meteorologist Muhammad Riaz Khan says a monsoon rain spell is entering from India and moving towards eastern parts of Punjab. If this spell reaches the territories of Pakistan then it will cause high wind and rains. Its intensity can bring about high flood in Chenab and Ravi, he added.
“These rains can cause deluge in the rivers inside India. The direction of the rains can also likely be changed. However, the trend indicates that rains are coming to this side. The areas of Sialkot, Gujranwala division, Wazirabad, Mandi Bahaud Din and low lying areas of Punjab are likely to be affected in the event of advent of flood,” Riaz added.
About sharing of information on the weather or flood situation with Indian Met office, the chief meteorologist said the rain spell coming from Bengal was still in Rajistan. However, he made it clear if the water reaches the level of 75,000 cusecs in Chenab then the Indian authorities inform Pakistan authorities.
The Met office said that it was only an alert and not the warning and the situation will become clear within 24 to 36 hours. Monsoon spell ends till the middle of September and some time it extends to the end of September, the office added.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the provincial administration to make preventive arrangements to cope with the threat of any possible flood due to recent rains.
He directed that the concerned departments should remain alert to tackle any emergent situation. He said that drainage of rainwater should be ensured from low-lying areas to avoid outbreak of dengue and other diseases. More rain foreseen: Parts of the country received rainfall of varying intensities on Wednesday, disturbing routine life by causing urban flooding and massive traffic jams.
Experts have forecast more rains with isolated heavy and at times very heavy falls for Northeast Punjab (Lahore, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi divisions), Hazara division, Islamabad and Kashmir from Thursday to Friday. Heavy falls may generate flash/urban flooding in Northeast Punjab and may trigger flash flooding/landslides in the vulnerable areas of Kashmir.
Widespread rain-thundershowers occurred in Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Hyderabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur divisions and Kashmir, at scattered places of southeast Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Cloudiness, winds and rains, however, made weather pleasant by causing considerable decrease in temperature during the day and at nighttime.
Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 31 degree Celsius and 23 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 85 percent.
According to the experts, Tuesday's well marked monsoon low pressure area over northwest Madhya Pradesh moved northwestwards and Wednesday lies over central Rajasthan with its trough extending northeastward. Seasonal low lies over west Baluchistan and adjoining areas. A westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next 24 to 36 hours.
Strong monsoon currents are continuously penetrating in Punjab and Kashmir and likely to continue during next couple of days.
The local meteorological department has forecast widespread rain thundershower with isolated heavy and at times very heavy falls with gusty winds for Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Hazara divisions, Islamabad, Kashmir; scattered rain thundershower for Punjab (Sargodha, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, D G Khan, Sahiwal divisions), Malakand, Mardan, Peshawar, Kohat, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur divisions and at isolated places of Gilgit-Baltistan during the next couple of days
On Wednesday, Kotli received 84 mm rain, Rawlakot 82 mm, Faisalabad 73 mm, Garidupatta 42 mm, Muzaffarabad 38 mm, Toba Tek Singh 32 mm, Jehlum 29 mm, Mangla and Badin 25 mm each, Bhawalnagar 24 mm, Mithi 23 mm, Mandi Bahauddin 22 mm, Gujranwala 20 mm, Gujrat and Skardu 17mm each, Lahore 14 mm, Sialkot and Murree 13 mm each, Sahiwal 12 mm, Kakul 07 mm, Okara and Bhawalpur (AP) 06 mm each, Jhang, Sargodha, Astore and Kasur 04 mm each, Bhawalpur (City) 03 mm, Chakwal 02 mm and Gupis 01 mm.