ISLAMABAD - National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Zafar Iqbal Friday said that the forecasts made by the Met office were not dependable, report a TV channel.

The channel quoted the NDMA chief as admitting that the departments supposed to deal with floods were inept and ill-equipped. There is no proper drainage system in Pakistan, he said, adding all claims about drainage systems in Lahore, Karachi and Faisalabad were exposed by the rains as water accumulated on all roads and streets.

He warned that there would be deep troubles in case of more rains in the country. Building codes in Pakistan were outdated and not up to international standards, he added.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department predicted more rains in the Punjab, Kashmir and Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa during the next 24 hours while flooding inundated several villages.

In the past 24 hours, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat and Kashmir received scattered rain with Sahiwal receiving the maximum 88-millimetre rain.

Due to flooding in Nullah Daik, floodwater entered the open fields while several houses collapsed in Hafizabad after flooding in the Chenab River. Several other villages are at high risk of getting submerged in the floodwater. According to the Met Office, Muzaffarabad had received the highest 280mm rain during the monsoon.

Our staff reporter from Lahore adds: The district administration of Gujranwala has imposed emergency and sounded an alert in the areas alongside the River Chenab after about 24 villages in Gujranwala, Wazi-rabad and Sialkot were inundated after rains.

The Hafizabad administration has been keeping the areas of Kot Saleem and Pir Kot under microscope since they were located along the river bank. The district administration has set up nine flood relief camps to monitor the situation near these villages. As per district administration, there was a medium flood in the river and the flow of water was receding.