Urban flooding alert issued in Pakistan amid monsoon rains

The NDMA advised the provincial disaster management authority and the local municipal administration to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate measures…reports Asian Lite News

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan issued an alert for urban flooding in parts of the country’s south Sindh province during the ongoing spell of monsoon rains.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the NDMA quoted its national emergencies operation centre as saying that under the monsoon’s influence, scattered rainfall, windstorms, and thunderstorms are expected across various regions of the province, reports Xinhua news agency.

The NDMA advised the provincial disaster management authority and the local municipal administration to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate measures to safeguard the population at risk.

“People dwelling in low-lying areas are advised to take extra caution and undertake emergency preparation given potential urban flooding,” the statement added.

Communities at risk are also advised to follow instructions from local authorities and download the NDMA’s mobile application for timely disaster alerts, guidelines, and precautionary measures, the statement noted.

Meanwhile, amid the hot and humid weather in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, the residents are facing power outages of two to three hours, adding to their woes. Due to the power outages, the residents are also facing water shortage problems, the Dawn reported.

Dr Amjad Khan, Chief Executive Officer of the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco), informed that the company had switched off the main supply line of the area to repair the overloaded transformers that had malfunctioned.

Khan said, “Overloaded transformers go out of order and repair takes time. “To repair the fault, Iesco switched off the main supply line of the area.”

The official further informed, “In some areas, Iesco was upgrading the system and it had to stop the supply. There is no load shedding in any part of the city and cantonment area,” according to Dawn.

The power outage has also disrupted the water supply amid the heatwave. The power outage has disrupted the working of 320 tubewells including 260 tubewells in the city and 60 in the cantonment area.

Amid the power cuts, the civic authorities asserted that the timetable of tube wells and filtration plants had been disturbed. The officials informed that the major complaint received by the cantonment and Wasa authorities included low pressure of water supply.

Rawalpindi Cantonment Traders Association Secretary General Zafar Qadri said that there was no load-shedding but Iesco had shut down the electricity for the repair work, Dawn reported.

Qadri informed that frequent power cuts disrupted business activities, as machinery would take two hours to restart each time it shut down.

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