Situation Alert: “Pre-monsoon weather forecasted in Pakistan and Afghanistan”

Situation Alert: “Pre-monsoon weather forecasted in Pakistan and Afghanistan”

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Background:

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department a pre-monsoon weather system is likely to grip the central parts of the country from this evening through early next week. Rainfall is expected in Upper Punjab, Lower Sindh, and Southeast Balochistan. Widespread thunderstorm rain with strong wind is also expected in Upper Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

The monsoon will also affect the upper catchments of Kabul River and its tributaries. Because of the current heat wave, the current flow of the river is ranging between low to medium flood, but under the predicted scenario a high-flood situation may arise. Low-lying areas along the banks may be inundated by water. The Kabul River starts in the Sanglakh Range of the Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan and ends in the Indus River near Attock, Pakistan.

The Swat River is experiencing flooding due to extreme heat causing rapid melting of snow in the mountains. Yesterday, local authorities closed a bridge between Matta and Khwazakhela due to the flooding river. According to media, residents of Kalam and Fizzaghat were instructed yesterday by authorities to evacuate their homes for safer ground. Reports of flooding in houses, hotels, and other buildings along the river have also been reported.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) advised individuals to take precautionary measures to avoid severe weather impacts, loss of lives, and damages to property.

Heavy monsoon rain and floods caused widespread loss in Pakistan for the past three consecutive years. Humanitarian agencies continue to provide assistance to previous years’ flood-affected communities. The delicate situation for families struggling to recover their lives and livelihoods and the limited steps to curtail the risks of future floods place communities once again in uncertainty ahead of this year’s monsoon season.

CWS-P/A Response:

CWS-P/A is closely monitoring the situation.