NDMA issues advisory for Sindh, Balochistan ahead of fourth rain spell

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday has issued an advisory for Sindh and Balochistan before fourth rain spell.

NDMA alerted the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and relevant departments before a rain spell forecast to hit Karachi and other parts of Sindh and Balochistan from Thursday onwards.

“Road clearing machinery and necessary staff should be prepared for an emergency situation,” said the NDMA in its advisory.

NDMA also advised citizens to not leave their homes for any unnecessary things and stand back from electricity poles.

The NDMA has also advised fishermen to not go far into the ocean because the waves are going to be high in Sindh and Makran coastal belt.

On the opposite hand, Karachi Met Director Abdul Qayyum Bhutto rejected the rumours circulating on social media claiming that the weather system that’s expected to cause heavy rains within the province has been named.

“Some people’s use of such terms on social media for the upcoming weather system has not only confused the masses but also created confusion among the national authorities and international meteorologists, he said.

“The temperature is predicted to get up to 39 to 41 degrees Celsius, with 70 to 80% humidity. this may be followed by a thunderstorm with rain and gusty winds,” said Karachi Met Director.

“The merger of two monsoon systems — one present in south-east Sindh and therefore the other originating from the Bay of Bengal — heavy to very heavy rains are expected within the entire southern province, including Karachi, he added, “Both the weather systems are strengthening.”

According to Mr. Bhutto, widespread thunderstorms with isolated heavy to very heavy rains are expected in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Tando Allahyar, Matiari, Tando Mohammad Khan, Jamshoro, Dadu and Shaheed Benazirabad from Thursday to Saturday.

“We expect 100mm to 130mm of rain in Karachi during this period”, he added.

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