Weather forecast for distant future not possible, Senate told


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Director Muhammad Riaz on Wednesday said it was too early to predict about super flood in Pakistan.

Briefing the Senate’s standing committee on climate changes, Muhammad Riaz said that weather forecast for distant future was not possible.

He said that PMD forecasted future’s weather condition with the help of modern equipment. The official said that the met office had recorded 91 inches snowfall in 2004 and in the recent winter it was recorded 61 inches.

He told the Senate body that Rs13bn were needed to complete the met office’s projects. Muhammad Riaz told the body that different areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Charsadda and Kohistan were located on the active quake zone.

Earlier, the Water Resources ministry had warned of a “super flood’ in the country this year due to heavy rainfall in monsoon on March 19.

The officials of the water resources ministry had told a hearing of the National Assembly’s standing committee on water resources that the country will receive more rainfall in monsoon season, which could result in flooding. The ministry’s officials called for preparations to meet any flood emergency situation.

Nawab Yousuf Talpur, chairing the committee’s meeting had said that a detailed briefing will be called over the arrangements to avoid devastation of flood.