Rain Emergency declared in Karachi in view of Meteorological Department’s heavy rain forecast for next 48 hours on Thursday.
According to weather monitory body, heavy rains with gusty winds are predicted in Karachi and other parts of the country today and tomorrow. Precautionary actions are therefore taken in this regard.
Heavy rainfall is yet to begin in Karachi; however drizzling has been reported in New Karachi and Shahra e Faisal. Several motor cyclists were stuck due to gathering of water on the road.
Rain Emergency declared in Karachi by Water and Sewerage Board, water-drainage machines are made functional, generators and cranes are made available. Field staff has been instructed to remain on a 24-hour alert.
Despite advanced warning by the Met Office and the Supreme Court’s orders to clear storm water drains in the city, several drains remain clogged with garbage, posing a threat to settlements located in their surrounding area.
The 28-kilometre long Gujjar Nullah, along with storm water drains in Khamosh Colony and Teen Talwar Clifton have still not been cleared and restored to their original width.
Met Office has forecast rain with thunderstorm and gusty winds at places like Kalat, D.I. Khan, Mirpur Khas, Lahore, Gujranwala divisions, Kashmir and isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, D.G. Khan, Multan, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Karachi, Larkana, Hyderabad, Makran divisions, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan, Rawalpindi, Mardan, Sargodha, and Zhob for Thursday.
For Friday, rain-thundershower with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad, Karachi, Kalat, Zhob, Bahawalpur divisions and Kashmir, and at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Kohat, Bannu, Peshawar, D.I. Khan, D.G. Khan, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Quetta divisions, FATA, Islamabad and Gilgit-Baltistan.