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Jhelum, Chenab rivers: exceptionally high flood likely




  • The Flood Forecasting Division has warned that due to widespread thunderstorm/heavy rainfall, very high to exceptionally high flood is likely in River Jhelum at Mangla (Up-stream) and high to very high flood in river Chenab at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad today. 

    Exceptionally high flood is also forecast in the Nullahs associated with the rivers (Bhimber, Bhundar, Halsi, Daulti, Aik, Palku, Kahan and Bunnah) and Nullahs of River Ravi (Deg, Bhed, Hasri, Jhajri, Bassantar, Bein, Ujh, Tarnah) along with Rivers Kabul, Kurram, Gambila, Soan and their associated tributaries FFD further warned that high flood level in River Indus at Kalabagh and Chashma is expected from 14th to 15th August. Severe flash flooding is also expected in the hill torrents of D G Khan Division and northeast Balochistan during next 24 hrs. 

    Warning: River Sutlej at GS Wala is likely to maintain Low Flood Level (65,000 to 75,000 cusecs) during next 24 24 hrs. Meanwhile, the river Indus at Chashma and Guddu is in medium flood level. River Indus at Tarbela, Kalabagh, Taunsa and Sukkur, River Kabul at Nowshera are in low flood level. Heavy rains predicted in the country on Wednesday and Thursday. In a special weather alert Met Office predicted widespread rains in the country with heavy at times very heavy falls at a number of places in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Eastern Balochistan and Kashmir on Wednesday and Thursday. Scattered rain-thundershower with isolated heavy falls is also predicted in Sindh during the period. Heavy rains would generate urban and flash flooding in the vulnerable areas of the country. 

    High risk of flash flooding: Met Office warned about high risk of flash flooding in the local streams, Barsati Nullahs of Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Peshawar, Hazara, Mardan, D G Khan, D I Khan, Zhob, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Kalat divisions and Kashmir on Wednesday and Thursday.All concerned authorities have been advised to remain high alert on Wednesday and Thursday. 

    Weather forecast for Today: Widespread heavy rains, very heavy at times, expected in Islamabad, Punjab, KP, eastern Balochistan and Kashmir on Wednesday and Thursday Widespread thunderstorm/rain with scattered heavy falls with isolated very heavy falls and one or two extremely heavy falls is expected over Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Sargodha divisions), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Peshawar, Kohat, Hazara, Malakand, Mardan and DI Khan Divisions) and Kashmir along with Multan and DG Khan Divisions. Fairly widespread thunderstorm/rain is also expected over Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Quetta, Kalat, Zhob and Nasirabad divisions. Scattered thunderstorm/rain is expected over southeast Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan. 

    Weather outlook for 14th to 16th August: Heavy rainfall is expected over Eastern Balochistan, Sindh, South Punjab (Multan, Sahiwal, DG Khan and Bahawalpur divisions). 

    More widespread rain-thundershowers (with scattered heavy falls) are expected in Islamabad, upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad divisions), KP (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, D I Khan divisions and Fata regions), Northeast Balochistan (Quetta, Zhob, kalat, Sibbi, Nasirabad divisions) Upper Sindh (Sukkar, Larkana divisions) and Kashmir, while scattered rain-thundershower with isolated heavy falls is expected in southern Punjab (Bahawalpur, Multan, Sahiwal, D G Khan divisions), Southeastern Sindh (Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Sukkar divisions). Isolated rain-thunderstorm is also likely in Gilgit-Baltistan. 

    Weather past 24 hrs: Widespread rain-thundershower (with scattered heavy falls) occurred in Islamabad, Punjab, KP, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. 

    Rainfall past 24 hrs (mm): Islamabad (Saidpur) 202, Islamabad (Z/P) 109, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad) 103, Islamabad (Golra) 91, N.P.Thal 82, Faisalabad 71, Rawalpindi (Chaklala) 67, Murree 62, Sialkot (Cantt) 60, Peshawar (City) 56, Rawalakot 54, Kakul, Islamabad (Bokra) 50, Risalpur 49, Jhang 48, Balakot, Kotli 44, Peshawar(A/P), Cherat 41, Mangla, Garidopatta 40, Jhelum, M B Din 35, Malamjabba, Dir 32, Chakwal 31, Gujrat 28, and Gujranwala 25mm. 

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