Pakistan braces for heavy rain and hailstorms, PMD warns of potential damage

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted that another westerly wave will enter western parts of the country on 2 April and is likely to intensify in upper parts on Monday, bringing with it rain-wind/thunderstorm, hailstorms, and isolated heavy falls. The weather system is expected to affect several regions of the country from 2-4 April.

According to the PMD, the Kashmir region, including Neelum valley, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, and Mirpur, as well as Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamir, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, and Shigar, are likely to experience heavy rainfall and hailstorms during this period. Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi, Mardan, Bajaur, Kurram, Waziristan, Kohat, Karak, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Mansehra, Buner, Kohistan, Shangla, Haripur, and Abbottabad are also expected to be affected.

Furthermore, Islamabad, Murree, Galliyat, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Khushab, Mianwali, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Kasur, Sheikhupura, and Nankana Sahib are expected to receive rain-wind/thunderstorm and hailstorms during this period.

Northeast Balochistan, including Quetta, Zhob, Barkhan, Qila Saifullah, and Qillah Abdullah, and South Punjab, including Multan, D.G. Khan, Bahawalnagar, and Sahiwal, are expected to receive isolated rain-wind/thunderstorm on 2-3 April.

The PMD has warned that strong winds and hailstorms may cause damage to loose infrastructure and standing crops, particularly wheat crops, across the country. The potential for flash floods exists in several regions, including Swabi, Mardan, Peshawar, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Nowshera, Waziristan, Bajaur, Kurram, and Kashmir during the forecast period. The risk of landslides also exists in hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, Murree, and Galliyat during this period.

Tourists have been advised to exercise caution during this period, and the PMD has alerted all concerned authorities to take necessary measures to avoid any untoward situations.

In summary, Pakistan is bracing for heavy rainfall and hailstorms, which could potentially cause damage to crops and infrastructure. The PMD has issued warnings for several regions, and all concerned authorities have been advised to take necessary precautions to avoid any adverse effects during the forecast period.

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