The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued advisory alerts to authorities concerned to take preventive measures over widespread rains predicted next week.

Met-Office predicted widespread rain/thunderstorm with isolated heavy to very heavy
falls in the country during the coming week.

Spokesman of Met-Office informed that monsoon currents are expected to penetrate in upper parts of Pakistan from Sunday/Monday that will grip most parts of the country during the mid-week.

A westerly wave is also expected to grip upper parts of the country during the mid-week. According to foreseen meteorological conditions, the detailed forecast for next week is;

Punjab/Kashmir

Rain/thunderstorm with isolated heavy to very heavy falls expected at a number of places in Islamabad, Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore and Faisalabad
divisions), and Kashmir during Monday to Thursday.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa/Gilgit-Baltistan

Rain/thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls expected at scattered places in KP, FATA and
Gilgit-Baltistan during Tuesday to Thursday.

Sindh/Balochistan

Rain/thunderstorm with moderate to heavy falls expected at scattered places in Sindh and
eastern Balochistan (Zhob, Sibbi, Naseerabad and Kalat divisions) during Friday to Sunday.

The spokesman further informed that heavy to very heavy falls may generate urban flooding and flash flooding in the vulnerable areas particularly in Barsati Nullahs of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, D.G.Khan divisions, KP and Kashmir.

Due to intermittent rains, there is risk of landslides in hilly areas of upper KP (Malakand, Hazara divisions), Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the period

Advisory Alert by NDMA

The lead disaster management agency has suggested clearing sewerage and drainage systems in all major cities, especially in Karachi. The recent spell of rainfall wreaked havoc inundating various low-lying localities in the city.

The NDMA has also asked the authorities in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar to evacuate neighborhoods along drains and rivers and other water courses well ahead of the expected downpours.