LAHORE- Though parts of the country received scattered rains on Tuesday, increase in the mercury level and high humidity made the weather muggy, causing people in plains to sweat profusely. 

Isolated rain-thunderstorm associated with gusty winds occurred in Gujranwala, Malakand, Hazara divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Predominantly dry weather in rest of the country caused increase in temperature during the day and at night time while high humidity turned the weather oppressive. Experts are seeing further increase in mercury level as no significant rain giving system is affecting the country during the next 2-3 days.  On Tuesday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 37 degree Celsius and 22 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 38 percent.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over west Balochistan and its adjoining areas.  Local meteorological department has forecasted mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country.

On Tuesday, Sialkot received 13 mm rain, Malamjabba and Astore 06 mm each, Garidupatta 03 mm, Muzaffarabad 02 mm and Balakot 01 mm while Lahore, D I Khan, D G Khan, Gujranwala, Islamabad and Rawalpindi received traces of rains.

Monsoon Plan

The Punjab government has prepared its flood plan for the monsoon, instructions in this regard have been issued to the concerned departments and commissioners to repair the banks of all rivers and canals. Punjab Chief Secretary Javed Aslam presided over a meeting in which flood-monitoring committees were constituted. The meeting directed that stones and bags of sands should also be stored at the banks of rivers and canals for use in case of emergency during possible floods.

The Punjab Disaster Management Authority has made functional its boats, fiberglass boats, d-watering pumps, generators and other machinery while other departments have also been issued directions in this regard.  CS directed to commissioners that low-lying areas of rivers should be got vacated from occupants. It was also informed in meeting that encroachments have been removed from the area near Nullah Lai in Rawalpindi.

Irrigation Secretary , DG PDMA, Commissioners and representatives of Pak-Army were present in the meeting. Rescue DG Rizwan Mehmood informed the meeting about arrangements for providing relief to the flood victims.