RAWALPINDI: The Met Office has forecast more rain on Monday (today) and issued a warning of flooding in nullahs and streams in Murree and Galiyat with chances of landslides.

According to the Met Office, a strong westerly wave is affecting most parts of the country, and moisture from the Arabian Sea is also penetrating the southern parts.

It stated that more rain, windstorms and thunderstorms are expected in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Islamabad, Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan, and upper and southwestern Balochistan.

Moreover, heavyfalls and hailstorms are also expected in isolated places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, upper Balochistan and the Potohar region, with snowfall on the mountains in northern areas.

The meteorological department said heavy rains might generate flash floods in the nullahs and streams of Koh-i-Suleman, Khuzdar, Ziarat, Zhob, Sherani, Muslim Bagh, Quetta, Pishin, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Mustang, Sibbi, Loralai, Qilla Abdullah, Qilla Saifullah, Kech, Panjgur, Gwadar and Turbat. Flooding may also occur in low-lying areas during the forecast period.

It stated that flash flooding was also expected in local nullahs and streams with the possibility of landslides in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Murree, Galiyat, Dir, Swat, Chitral, Kohistan, Mansehra, Malakand, Kalam, Drosh, Saidu Sharif, Shangla, Naran, Kaghan and tributaries of Kabul River from April 15.

Meanwhile, cloudy weather accompanied by rain, wind and thunderstorms occurred in most parts of the country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab, Kashmir, and upper Sindh.

According to the Met Office, 5 millimetres of rain was recorded at the airport and 1mm at Zero Point in Saidpur and Bokra. Murree received 23mm of rain.

Published in Dawn, April 15th, 2024

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