Most deaths reported from Punjab, followed by KP.
Heavy rain, choked drains leave many areas of Karachi in a mess,
At least 133 people have been killed and 215 injured in rain-related incidents since the start of monsoon on June 25 as torrential rains wreaked havoc across the country mainly in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), according to a report issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
The new spell of monsoon will continue from July 31 to August 6.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that heavy rains might increase the flow of water in rivers, therefore, rains and flooding were likely to inundate low-lying areas.
On the other hand, Indian dams Pong and Thane are also completely filled due to which India may release water into the Ravi River.
The NDMA Monday issued instructions to the concerned institutions and said they should continue to monitor the release of water in rivers from Indian dams.
The Tarbela and Mangala have filled more than 70 per cent of their capacity.
On the other hand, the flow of water in river Sutlej at Ganda Singh is 60,138 cusecs while in river Ravi there is a low level flood at Headbaloki, the inflow of water at Head baloki is 67,845 while the outflow is 42445 cusecs.
According to a breakdown provided by the NDMA, 65 deaths occurred in Punjab, 35 in KP, 11 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 10 in Sindh, 6 in Balochistan, five in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and one in Gilgit Baltistan (GB).
The majority of the deaths were mainly due to electrocution and building collapses, official data showed.
On Sunday, officials said the latest monsoon spell in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa claimed around 15 lives across the different districts in Punjab and KP provinces within 48 hours.
In KP’s Mansehra and Chitral districts, five people were killed, and over a dozen were injured. On the other hand, houses and roads were washed away after rain-triggered devastation in the districts.
Officials in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, said it had received whopping 205mm rain in less than seven hours on Saturday, turning roads into rivers and leaving almost many areas without electricity and water this week.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted more heavy rainfall in different parts of the country from July 25 to 30.
The Met Office said that monsoon currents are continuously penetrating the country from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. A fresh westerly wave is also likely to enter upper parts of the country from 26th July, it added.
It said rain coupled with wind-thundershower (with few heavy falls) is expected in different districts of Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh including Quetta, Karachi, Hyderabad Multan and others on June 25 and 26.
Rains (with isolated heavy falls) is also expected in Kashmir, (Neelum valley, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur), Gilgit Baltistan (Diamir, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, Shigar), Murree, Galliyat, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Kasur, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khusab, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar, Okara, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Kurram, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Karak and Waziristan from 25th to 30th July with occasional gaps, it added.
The NMDA has also warned of urban flooding in low-lying areas including in Islamabad, Faisalabad, and Lahore and “may trigger landslides in the vulnerable areas of Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, GB and hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the wet period”.
Scientists have said climate change is making seasonal rains heavier and more unpredictable.
Last summer, unprecedented monsoon rains put a third of Pakistan under water, damaging two million homes and killing more than 1,700 people.
According to officials, Pakistan has the world’s fifth-largest population and is responsible for less than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
However, it is one of the most vulnerable nations to the extreme weather caused by global warming.
The rain was recorded in different included Baldia Town, Golimar, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Defence, Kemari, Site area, Nazimabad, Saddar, Korangi, Soldier Bazaar, Drigh Road and Sujrani Town.
As soon as it rained, the electricity supply was also suspended in different areas.
Several roads of the city were inundated and motorists as well as pedestrians faced extreme difficulties in mobility.
The main road of Shadman town has become a lake, while the track from Sakhi Hassan to Nagan Chowrangi is nothing but water.
Hundreds of vehicles were busy trying to move slowly, and the city administration was nowhere to be seen to deal with the situation.
Several bikes broke down, and passengers are worried about the reduced number of public transport.
This is not the first time that Karachi has been hit by such flooding.
In 2020, the city was inundated with rain, causing widespread damage and displacement.