Peshawar - The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast torrential rains in several parts of the country from Friday.

The Met Office has predicted downpour in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Malakand division. The rain coupled with thundershower is likely to trigger flooding and deluge in major nullahs. The flood warning has already been issued in the province and Fata.

The KP provincial Disaster Management Authority (DMA) has directed the management of all districts to take steps on emergency basis for protection of people against disastrous impact of possible flash floods. Flood warning cells are being set up in every district.

The Met Office has also forecast widespread rain-thundershower accompanied by strong gusty winds in Balochistan with isolated heavy rain in Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi and Naseerabad divisions, while scattered rainthundershower in Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Bahawalpur, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sukkur, Larkana divisions and Fata.

Isolated rain-thundershower is also expected in Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan divisions and lower Sindh.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted light to moderate rains in Karachi due to which, the authorities have imposed emergency in the metropolis.

Administrator Roshan Ali Sheikh has directed all the representatives to remain on duty during the rainy days while the locals have also been advised to record complaints on 1339 in case of any issue.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has further directed the relevant officials that special safety measures should be made for TDPs to avoid any flood and rains damages in tribal areas. Jhagra has also directed that all institutions should finalise arrangements without delay to cope with any situation arising due to possible rains and floods in the tribal region.

The KP governor has instructed officials of Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) and other departments concerned to remain fully alert and monitor the flood and rivers’ situation round the clock in the province and Federally-Administered Tribal Areas.

The governor further ordered the Director General FDMA Fayyaz Ali Shah that protective arrangements should be completed in the areas threatened by expected flood and immediate evacuation should be ensured if needed.

He said that any laxity and negligence in this regard would not be spared and strict action will be taken against those responsible.

He asked the officials concerned that any emergency situation, if caused by rains and floods in Fata, should be closely monitored and protective divisions be strengthened.

He also directed that the departments concerned should ensure the necessary equipment in order. He asked the officials to remain alert and review the protective arrangements and preparations in their areas and said timely provision of machinery and equipment should be ensured in case of any emergent situation in Fata and the control room should be functional round the clock.

PDMA STARTS RECONSTRUCTION OF FLOOD-DAMAGED INFRASTRUCTURE

Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has started activities on reconstruction of flood damaged infrastructure in various parts of the province, said spokesperson PDMA-PaRRSA.

He said, one of the link roads in village Manai, Tehsil Kabal district Swat was inaugurated by the Chief Engineer SAUDI Fund for Development, Eng Abdullah M Al Shoaibi yesterday in Swat that will benefit 7000 people.

UNDP country head Marc-André and officials from PDMA-PaRRSA and local community members were also present on the occasion.

Speaking to the locals at the occasion Eng Abdullah M Al Shoaibi said, “SAUDI Fund for Development is jointly working with PDMA-PaRRSA for community improvement, its infrastructure’s reconstruction and rehabilitation in six Tehsils of Swat. The link road will ease the transportation issue for the community”.

PDMA-PaRRSA is currently working on different projects about improvements in communications, improvement of infrastructure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the support of international donors such as UNDP, USAID, and Saudi Fund for Development, spokesperson PDMA added.