PMD issues heavy monsoon rain alert

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The latest PMD satellite image shows that an area of ​​low pressure is present over the Run of Kutch.

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a fresh rain alert on Saturday, warning authorities to remain “vigilant” as a low pressure area (LPA) over the Arabian Sea has intensified.

The PMD said the LPA, currently over the Rann of Kutch, has intensified and persisted over the same area with its trough extending to southeast Sindh.

“It is likely to drift in a west/northwest direction. This weather system produced widespread heavy/very heavy rains in Noushero Feroz, Sanghar, Nawabshah and Dadu districts with moderate rains elsewhere in Sindh yesterday,” he added.

Under the influence of the monsoon system, the PMD added widespread rainstorms with few heavy falls (very heavy at times) likely to occur in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Tharparker, TM Khan, Tando Allayar, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Noushero Feroz, Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Dadu, Jamshoro, Shikarpur, Ghotki and Kashmore districts until July 18.

The advisory warned that heavy falls could generate urban flooding/waterlogging in low-lying areas of Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Dadu, Jamshoro, Nawabshah, Jacobabad, Larkana and Sukkur districts during of the period.

“A lingering strong spell can unleash torrents of hills / flash floods along and downstream of the Kirthar range.”

The PMD has also advised anglers not to venture out on the high seas until July 18 as sea conditions will become very rough.

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