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Country likely to see another spell of torrential rains from Sunday: PMD

The Pakistan Meteorological has predicted a new spell of torrential rains and “vigourous” monsoon activity in the country from August 14 (Sunday) to August 18 (Thursday) and warned of flooding in several areas of Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh, including Karachi, during the forecast period.

According to a Met Office alert issued on Saturday, a depression has developed in the Arabian Sea, which is likely move towards the Makran coast in Balochistan.

Under the influence of this weather system, monsoon currents were continuously penetrating in southern parts of the country, the Met Office said, adding that another low-pressure area was likely to enter Sindh on August 16.

Consequently, “rain-wind/thundershower (with few heavy falls)” were expected in Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir from August 14 to August 16 with occasional gaps“, the Met Office said.

And Balochistan and Sindh were expected to receive more “widespread rain-wind/thundershowers (with scattered heavy to very heavy falls)” between August 16 and 18, it added.

According to the Met Office, heavy showers could cause urban flooding in several areas of Sindh, including Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Hyderabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad and Mirpurkhas during the rain spell between August 14 and August 18.

In addition to these areas, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Faisalabad, Lahore and Gujranwala could also experience urban flooding from August 14 to August 16.

The Met Office also warned of flash floods in Balochistan’s Qilla Saifullah, Loralai, Barkhan, Kohlu, Moua Khel, Sherani, Sibi, Bolan, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbela, Awaran, Turbat, Panjgur, Pasni, Jiwani, Ormara, Gwadar, as well as the hill torrents of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab from August 14 to August 18.

It added that heavy rain could also trigger flash floods in the nullahs of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Shakargarh, Sialkot, Narowal, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Dir, Karak, Lakki Marwat, Bannu and Kashmir on August 15 and August 16.

The Met Office further said that rain could also trigger landslides in Kashmir, hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galiyat, Murree, Chilas, Diamer, Gilgit, Hunza, Astore, Ghizer and Skardu during the forecast period.

It advised fishermen and tourists to practice caution in view of the chances of heavy showers and consequent flooding and landslides.

The forecast of the new rain spell coincides with an ongoing one, which has wreaked havoc in several areas, causing loss of life and damaging infrastructure and crops.

Earlier today, several areas in Karachi received isolated showers, including Defence, Saddar, Sharae Faisal, and Burnes Road, according to DawnNewsTV.

On Friday, at least eight people, including a child, were killed in the fresh spell of heavy rains and flash floods in different areas of Balochistan.

There were also reports of a breach of Machka and another dam in Qila Abdullah, while hundreds of houses were washed away in Qila Saifullah district in the province.

Four of the deceased were swept away in flash floods that hit Qila Abdullah district late on Friday night, said Munir Ahmad Kakar, the district’s deputy commissioner. They were among the 15 who were on a tractor trolley when it was washed away. The rest of the people remained missing.

Officials said traffic between Quetta and Karachi was once again suspended as the linking highway had been damaged in different areas of Lasbela district.

Meanwhile, traffic between Khyber Pakhtun­khwa and Gilgit-Baltistan was suspended for the second time this month on Friday after a temporary steel bridge installed at the Karakoram Highway (KKH) was swept away by flash flood in the Ichar nullah area of Upper Kohistan.

The bridge was located near the residential camps of the 4,500 megawatt Dasu Hydropower Project.

The development comes as rains lashed several parts of the provinces today. In Karachi, isolated falls were reported in Defense, Saddar, Sharae Faisal, and Burnes Road.

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