The Forecast For Heavy Rains In Karachi Till October 2
The Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted torrential rain and thunderstorms in Karachi and other parts of Sindh under a cyclone-like low-pressure system “Gulab” that is expected to increase the intensity within the Northeast Arabian Sea from Wednesday.
Torrential rain is expected to hit Karachi beginning today (Thursday) until October 2, as leftovers from Cyclone Gulab transformed into a massive depression as it approached the Arabian Sea.
As per Express-News, Pakistan Meteorological Department’s (PMD) Early Warning Centre has issued an alert for heavy rains and strong winds in the coastal regions that comprise Sindh and Makran.
Heavy Rains In Karachi
The PMD said that the system is likely to get more intense as it approaches the Arabian Sea and causes floods that are torrential throughout Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, and Badin districts between September 30 and October 2; Mirpur Khas, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Sanghar, and other communities in Sindh are also likely to experience moderate to heavy rains.
There is also a warning about the possibility of flooding in Karachi and the other cities in Sindh, and fishermen have been advised not to go out into the ocean between September 30, October 3, and November 3 due to the rough sea conditions.
Urban flooding can also happen within Lasbela, Somani, Ormara, Pasni, Gwadar, Turbat, and Jiwani districts in Balochistan because of torrential rains, posing a risk of weaker buildings.
The advisory stated that torrential rains could cause floods in Karachi, Badin, Thatta, Hyderabad, Dadu, Lasbela. Sonmiani, Ormara, Pasni, Gwadar, Turbot, and Jiwani and windstorms could cause damage to vulnerable structures.
The last week, heavy rains hit parts of Karachi which caused roads to be flooded as well as cars submerged, and commuters struggling to get to their places of work.
Photos and videos shared on social media revealed many locations, including The city’s Central district, which was flooded with rainwater and vehicles submerged in water up to the wheels. A massive truck could be observed sitting on its side in Nagan Chowrangi as residents waded through the waters on their motorbikes and vehicles.
The Met department said that in the last 24 hours, the weather in the provincial capital was highly humid and hot. In the city, temperatures were measured as 38.5 degrees centigrade, and it was sticky as 36 percent.
More recently, Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab has instructed his Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and district municipal corporations (DMCs) to develop an overall strategy for dealing with the upcoming period that will bring monsoon-related rain.
The recent rainy spells this month have caused havoc to the crumbling roads of the city. Rainwater that was accumulating caused blockages on significant highways, and some low-lying areas were submerged for hours.
In the “rain emergency” meeting, The KMC and members of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB), as well as the district deputy commissioners as well as the fire department, the municipal services director, were instructed to establish arrangements within their respective departments.
The KMC and the DMCs were charged with ensuring that there were enough fuel and dewatering pump operators to ensure that rainwater accumulated could be quickly drained.
In a statement released from the Met department, widespread thunderstorms and scattered heavy rainfall are expected in various parts of Sindh, including Karachi, beginning on Tuesday and lasting until October 2, when the system gets more intense.
This new weather system is located in the central region of India and is expected to move in the northwestern direction (towards the Indian Gujarat area) and is expected to return across the Northeast Arabian Sea with regained strength due to favorable environmental conditions, as per the Met office.
Other cities likely to be affected by the low-pressure system are Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Tharparker, Umerkot, Sanghar, Shaheed Benazirabad Naushero Feroze, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Dadu, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, and Ghotki.