Light to moderate rain expected as new monsoon spell to enter Sindh on Friday: Met office

Published August 4, 2022
<p>People wade through a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi. — AFP</p>

People wade through a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi. — AFP

Sindh is expected to receive light to moderate isolated showers on Friday (August 5) as a new monsoon spell will enter the province tonight, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

In its fresh update today, the PMD said that monsoon currents of moderate intensity were entering eastern Sindh.

"Under the influence of this weather system, rains and thunderstorms with a few moderate and isolated heavy falls are expected in Tharparker, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Tando Muhammad khan, Tando Allayar, Hyderabad, Matiari, Thatta, Sujawal, Sanghar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Ghotki, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Dadu, Jamshoro and Kambar Shahdadkot districts from August 5 to August 9."

In the Karachi division, it went on, rains were forecast from August 6 to August 9.

Moreover, the Met office warned that heavy falls may create water-logging in low-lying areas of Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Tando Muhammad khan, Tando Allayar, Dadu, Jamshoro, and Kambar Shahdadkot districts during the forecast period.

Meanwhile, Sardar Sarfaraz, chief meteorologist, told Dawn.com that while this spell was likely to bring "light and moderate" rain, there was another spell likely to enter the province on August 10, which would bring heavy showers.

"The heavy showers will last till August 14 or August 15," he said. "But we will be able to see things clearly after August 7."

Sarfaraz revealed that Sindh received 308 per cent more rains in July this year— the highest of which was recorded at the Masroor Base — and Balochistan witnessed 450pc rains.

While Pakistan received 180pc more rains last month, he said.

"So you can say that July was the wettest ever month since 1961," he added.

Monsoon rains this year have wreaked havoc across the country, especially in Sindh and Balochistan.

On Wednesday, Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman distributed cheques of Rs1 million to Sindh's rain-hit people.

She said that only a few of those affectees were receiving compensation, but the federal government would reach every single person who had suffered losses in the recent floods and rain in Sindh and Balochistan.

“Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had constituted a committee for flood relief to assess the losses and damages caused by the floods,” Rehman added.

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