PDMA issues flood alert in Punjab


LAHORE: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued a flood alert for parts of Punjab in anticipation of outflows from Indian reservoirs and heavy showers.

The PDMA, in a statement, warned medium to very high flood situation is expected in River Chenab from Sept 23 till Sept 28 owing to the likely downpour and release of water from India.

It alerted the relevant provincial authorities to take measures to remedy the situation that may emerge from the expected flooding.

Meanwhile, leaves of employees of the revenue, rescue, health, livestock and agriculture departments have been cancelled in view of the flood warning.

The Met Office said the depression over southwest Madhya Pradesh (India) is very likely to move northwards initially and then north-northeastwards and weaken into a well-marked low-pressure area.  A shallow westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country. Moist easterly currents are also penetrating northeastern parts of the country.

Rain-thundershower with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Gujranwala, Lahore divisions and Kashmir, while at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.

However, mainly dry weather is expected in most plain areas of the country.