The National Weather Forecasting Centre of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday warned of another rain spell in the southern region of the Sindh and Balochistan provinces.
“More Monsoon Rains predicted in Sindh and Balochistan from Saturday to Monday (Impact: Aggravation of existing urban flooding and water logging in Lower Sindh),” the PMD press release noted on Friday.
It further added that the “Met office informed that another monsoon rain bearing system is likely to enter Sindh on Saturday. Under the influence of this system: Rain/wind-thundershowers, with isolated heavy to very heavy falls, are expected in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu, Tharparker, Nagarparker, Mirpurkhas, Islam Kot, Umar Kot, Sanghar, Sukkur and Larkana from Saturday (evening) to Monday.”
“Rain-thundershowers with isolated heavy falls are also expected in Lasbela, Khuzdar, Awaran, Barkhan, Zhob, Musa Khel, Loralai, Kohlu and Sibbi during Sunday and Monday. Rain-thunder waters are also expected in Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Khanpur, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Khanewal and Sahiwal during the period,” the press release added.
The PMD also put relevant government authorities on high alert as it said the heavy rainfall may further aggravate existing urban flooding/water logging in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Mirpurkhas and Badin on Sunday and Monday. Heavy downpour may generate flash flooding in Sibbi, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbela and Dera Ghazi Khan during the period.
Major parts of the Sindh and Balochistan provinces have experienced large-scale rains and flooding as the rains broke 90-year records over the week. Major urban centers of the Sindh province i.e. Karachi and Hyderabad were submerged in rainwater.
Karachi has been paralysed and come to a standstill as most basic services like the ATM machines, petrol pumps and the telecommunication services were unavailable due to heavy flooding.
Another spell could devastate the residents who are yet to see any help from the federal government.