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Pakistan Braces for Heavy Rainfall in the Coming Two Weeks

Pakistan Braces for Heavy Rainfall in the Coming Two Weeks

The recent spell of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms has brought significant challenges to various parts of Pakistan, particularly Balochistan. Here’s a summary of the current situation and the impacts of the weather systems.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted moderate to intense weather systems across Pakistan until April 29. Rain, windstorms, thunderstorms, and hailstorms are expected in most regions, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Islamabad, Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan over the next 24 hours. Since Friday, over 60 lives have been lost due to lightning strikes and storm-related incidents nationwide.

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A weather system is expected to bring heavy rainfall and thunderstorms to Balochistan until April 22. Punjab and Sindh will experience the effects from April 18 to April 19, while upper Punjab will be affected until April 21. KP, GB, and AJK will also face impacts until April 22. A weaker weather system will follow from April 23 to April 24, affecting certain parts of the country.

Heavy rain has damaged roads and breached railway tracks in Balochistan, particularly affecting the Quetta-Zahe­dan railway section and the Quetta-Taftan highway. Traffic has been suspended in several areas due to damaged inter-district roads, leaving residents stranded.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has instructed provincial and district authorities to remain vigilant and prepared for emergency response. Maulana Hidayatur Rehman, an MPA from Gwadar, has directed local administration to initiate rescue and relief operations in flood-hit areas.

The situation remains challenging, and efforts are underway to address the immediate needs of affected communities and restore transportation routes.