RAWALPINDI: Heavy rain lashed Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Tuesday creating a slushy mess in the city areas while the Met Office predicted more rains in the next 24 hours.

The rain brought down the temperature to 35 degrees Celsius with the humidity level recorded at 77 per cent.

The Meteorological Department recorded 2mmrainat Zero Point, 9mm at Saidpur, 13mm at Golra, 4mm at Bokra in Islamabad; 9mm at Chaklala, 1mm at Katchery Chowk and 15mm at Shamsabad in Rawalpindi.

An official of the Met Office said strong monsoon currents were penetrating most central and southern parts of the country and likely to continue during the next two to three days. A westerly wave is also present over upper parts.

He said rain-wind/thundershower is expected in Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Heavy falls are also expected at scattered places in Kashmir, Sindh, eastern Balochistan, upper/southern Punjab and southern KP.

He said heavy rains may generate urban flooding in Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Hyderabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazir Abad and Mirpurkhas from August 16 to 18.

The rainfall may trigger landslides in Kashmir, hilly areas of KP, Galiyat, Murree, Chillas, Diamer, Gilgit, Hunza, Astore and Skardu.

Published in Dawn, August 17th, 2022

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