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Met dept predicts heavy rains, urban flooding in Karachi, Hyderabad

29 Sep, 2021
The sea conditions will remain rough/very rough with occasional high surge. File photo
The sea conditions will remain rough/very rough with occasional high surge. File photo

Under the recent spell of monsoon rains, Met department has predicted further rains in Karachi from Wednesday (today) till Saturday, reported Aaj News.

Heavy rains with thunderstorm in the provincial capital of Sindh and Hyderabad may cause urban flooding, according to an alert issued by the Pakistan Meteorological Department's Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre, Karachi on Tuesday.

"Widespread rain-wind-thunderstorms with scattered heavy/very heavy falls extremely heavy at times are likely in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Thaparker, Umerkot, Sanghar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Nosheroferoz, TMK, TAY, Dadu, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Shikarpur and Ghotki districts during September 28 to October 2," read the alert.

Heavy rains are also expected in Bela, Awaran, Kech, Makran and Panjgur districts of Balochistan during Sept 30 and Oct 3.

Briefing on the possible impacts of the cyclone, the alert read: "The sea conditions will remain rough/very rough with occasional high surge; Torrential rains may generate urban flooding in Karachi, Badin, Thatta, Hyderabad, Dadu, Lasbela, Sonmiani, Ormara, Pasni, Gwadar, Turbat and Jiwani; the windstorm may cause damages to vulnerable structures."

According to the alert, the cyclonic storm Gulab was likely to re-emerge over the Northeast Arabian Sea as its remnants were currently lying over central India and they were likely to track in towards Indian Gujarat area.

Under the influence of the storm, the system is likely to regain intensity due to favourable environmental conditions, the alert added.

The department requested all concerned authorities to remain alert during the forecast period.

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