NDMA issues alert over heavy rainfall forecast in Pakistan

04:49 PM | 20 Jun, 2022
NDMA issues alert over heavy rainfall forecast in Pakistan
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ISLAMABAD – Heavy downpours are predicted to hit Pakistan as National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Monday issued an advisory for all concerned departments to remain alert.

The officials issued instructions to District Disaster Management Authorities in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and other parts of the country to remain vigilant in wake of flash floods, landslides, and strong winds in several regions.

Pakistan Meteorological Department predicted a series of rains with winds and thundershowers will start in the upper and central parts of the country from today and is expected to continue till Wednesday.

Officials also urged people living in low-lying areas to remain alert and immediately report any kind of emergency while authorities concerned have been directed to secure billboards and hoardings from the effects of thunderstorms, which previously resulted in disastrous events.

Local administrations in metropolises were told to have backup generators at municipal pumping stations and timely pre-placement of de-watering pumps to avoid urban flooding.

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