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Rain and thunderstorms hit Karachi today: PMD

Monsoon rains begin today, stormy conditions in the metropolis are expected to continue until tomorrow

A flock of pigeons flew as moderate rains fell in Karachi on April 14, 2024. — APP

KARACHI: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast isolated dust thunderstorms with rain in some areas today (Monday), which may provide some relief from the heat to the residents.

According to the PMD forecast, rain is expected in the afternoon and temperatures are expected to rise to 35-37°C. The minimum temperature over the last 24 hours was reported to be 31°C.

The Met Office also said winds are currently blowing from the west and southwest at a speed of 12 kilometres per hour, while humidity is at 73 percent.

Although stormy weather conditions are expected in the metropolis today, the Met Office warns that the weather is likely to remain hot and humid over the next 24 hours.

In addition, the weather service has indicated that stormy conditions may continue tomorrow.

State of emergency declared due to impending monsoon rains

The Clifton Cantonment Board (CBC) of Karachi on Saturday declared a rainfall emergency in the areas under its jurisdiction ahead of the upcoming monsoon season, deploying special teams to drain rainwater in a timely manner.

A CBC spokesperson said in a statement that as part of the rain emergency plan, 1,288 employees had been assigned special tasks, including 638 in seven sectors, while another 650 employees would be responsible for draining rainwater.

The committee has also identified low-lying areas that could be affected following downpours. Special teams have been deployed to carry out specific tasks in DHA Phase I to Phase VIII, Clifton Block 8, 9 and the market area.

It further said that heavy machinery would be deployed in the affected areas while additional teams would be deployed on the commercial streets of Khayaban-e-Shujaat, Khayaban-e-Shehbaz, Khayaban-e-Badar and Khayaban-e-Tariq.