Monsoon low to bring flooding in rivers, alerts PDMA

By: News Desk
Published: 11:18 AM, 14 Sep, 2022
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The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued an alert to all concerned departments as Meteorological Department forecast monsoon rains for upper catchment areas of Ravi, Sutlej and Chenab rivers, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday. 

The PDMA in an alert issued said that the Authority has informed that well marked monsoon low over central parts of Madhya Paradesh may affect the upper catchment of eastern river Sutlej, Ravi and Chenab from Sept 17. 

The water flows may increase ion eastern rivers along with their associated nullah/tributaries from Sept 18th.

The water lever in the streams connected to rivers may soar causing flood in the area. 

PDMA advised to shift the resident of most vulnerable areas to temporary relief camps/safe places as and when required. 

The provincial authority asked health department to mobilize medical team for provision of first aid to the affecteees of urban flooding to avoid the epidemic diseases and relevant department to ensure required dewatering sets machinery available timely to avoid urban flooding.  

PDMA also issued fresh details of the inflow and outflow of waters in Punjab rivers

Last month also, authorities were on alert on Monday as India released another gush of floodwater in the Pakistani rivers, while the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) warned that the country was expected to receive “above average rainfall” during the ongoing monsoon season.

Officials from the Indus Water Commission of India informed their Pakistani counterparts that 170,000 cusecs water had been released into the Ravi after opening the spillway at the Ujh Barage at 5:30 pm. Pakistani officials said that the water was expected to enter the country by Monday midnight.

Rain forecast in Lahore today 

The met office forcasted partly cloudy weather with scattered rain observed in metropolis Lahore today (Tuesday) around 1pm. 

The authorities recorded 179 Air Quality Index (AQI) of Lahore while maximum temperature could go up to 31 degree Celsius and minimum could go up to 27 degree Celsius. 

The AQI was recorded in other areas if the city included: Catha Park (223), Saeed Marab Ali Road (202), Township Block K (192), DHA Phase-II (190), Johar Town (180) and Kot Lakh Pat (184).

Met officials said that a westerly wave was affecting upper and central parts of the country. They predicted that mainly dry weather was expected in most plain areas. 

However, rain-wind/thundershower was expected in upper Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, upper Punjab, lower Sindh, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. 

Monday’s maximum temperature was recorded at Dalbandin and Sibbi where mercury reached 42°C while in Lahore, it was 34.2°C and minimum was 23°C.

Reporter Maeeda Waheed