Urban Flooding: Alerts Issued For Karachi, Other Sindh Cities

Urban Flooding: Alerts Issued For Karachi, Other Sindh Cities

Urban Flooding notice for Karachi

The Met Office issued an urban flooding notice for Karachi and other cities on Monday, predicting that monsoon currents into Sindh will grow more intense starting Tuesday (today). 

Dr Sardar Sarfaraz, the chief meteorologist, stated that the prevailing weather system was predicted to intensify gradually, first taking over southeast Sindh on Tuesday afternoon or evening and then northeast areas including Karachi late at night with scattered heavy rainfall. 

The heaviest rain is forecast from August 11 onwards, when a low pressure region forming in eastern India will invade Pakistan and gather power from the weather over the Arabian Sea. 

Humid Conditions in Karachi

“Then it is likely to hit the entire state of Sindh. However, there would be scattered moderate to heavy showers on and off in numerous parts of the province prior to that,” he said, adding that the prevailing weather pattern has obstructed sea wind, resulting in warm, humid conditions in Karachi. 

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The Met Department issued an advisory warning that sea conditions will likely become rough/very stormy from August 10-13, and fishermen should exercise extreme caution. 

During the week of August 9-13, rain-thunderstorms with scattered heavy falls are expected in Tharparkar, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Hyderabad, Matiari, Thatta, Sujawal, Sanghar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Ghotki, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, and Dadu, 

Heavy Rains Cause Waterlogging

During the expected period, heavy rains may cause waterlogging/urban flooding in low-lying regions of Karachi, Hyderabad, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Dadu, Jamshoro, Qambar Shahdadkot, Larkana, and Sukkur. 

Rainfall intensity is also forecast to increase in Balochistan’s northeastern and southern districts from Aug 10 (tomorrow), perhaps causing flash flooding in the Dadu, Jamshoro, Qambar Shahdadkot, and downstream areas. 

It said that persistent heavy rainfall over Khuzdar, Lasbela, and Hub districts, as well as the Kirthar range, may put further strain on Hub dam, Thaddo dam, and downstream.

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