Situation Update: “Heavy Rainfall with Thunderstorm Lashed Islamabad and Rawalpindi”

Situation Update: “Heavy Rainfall with Thunderstorm Lashed Islamabad and Rawalpindi”

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Background:

Heavy rainfall with thunderstorm lashed the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi Tuesday morning, Geo News reported. Rainwater filled the roads and streets of both cities and presented the view of ponds. The Army has been called for rescue and relief in the Gawalmandi area near Nalla Lai of Rawalpindi.

Many low-lying areas were emerged in the rainwater while several roads were also blocked, causing a massive traffic jam.

In the last 24 hours, 54 mm rainfall was recorded in Peshawar, 49 mm in Risalpur, 47 mm in Islamabad, and 30 mm in Sialkot. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had forecast widespread rain and thundershowers with scattered heavy falls in Punjab, including Islamabad, during the next two days.

The heavy rains may generate flash flooding in the vulnerable areas and local nullahs of Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, and DG Khan divisions and Islamabad on Tuesday (today) and Wednesday, PMD reported in its weekly weather report.

According to the report, seasonal low lies over northwestern Balochistan and adjoining areas, whereas monsoon low pressure area lies over southwestern Uttar Pardesh (India) and adjoining areas. Due to this low pressure, strong monsoon is likely to grip upper parts of Pakistan.

Scattered rain and thundershowers may also occur in northern and southeastern parts of Punjab, including Islamabad during the second half of the week (August 15-18) with occasional gaps.

Widespread intermittent rain/thundershowers with scattered heavy falls are also expected in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the next two days. The heavy rains may generate urban and flash flooding in the vulnerable areas/ local nullahs of the province (Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, and DI Khan Divisions) today and Wednesday.

As rivers flood in northern parts of the country, concern also rises for the vulnerable areas of Sindh. Heavier rainfall is expected in different parts of the country, which will worsen the effects of rain and floods in low lying areas throughout the country. Excessive rain and rising river levels in northern areas will travel south toward Sindh. In parts of Sindh, low lying areas have already been affected in the recent weeks due to heavy rains. The vulnerability of the communities in these areas is high, and damages to property, loss of lives, and devastation to crop land can be expected in the worst-hit areas over the coming weeks.

CWS-P/A Response:

CWS-P/A is closely monitoring the situation and the teams are ready to start rapid need assessment depending on the severity of the flood situation.

Withdistributions that started last week, CWS-P/A will reach 395 families (2,567 individuals) in Thatta District, Sindh by the end of the week. These families will receive one-month food packages designed to meet their daily calorie intake, fat, and protein needs according to Sphere standards. This assistance which is possible with support from DanChurchAid will help these families avert starvation and malnutrition as a result of the floods.

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