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Urban flooding warning issued for Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi

All federal and provincial authorities have been alerted to take possible precautionary measures to deal with the possible catastrophic effects of the expected monsoon rains.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman on Tuesday warned there is a “clear” risk of urban flooding, particularly in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, and Islamabad.

“Urban areas are likely to face the risk of torrential rains,” the minister issued warning through a series of tweets.

Sherry Rehman noted that the ministry has directed all federal and provincial authorities to take all possible precautionary measures to deal with the possible catastrophic effects of the expected monsoon rains.

Earlier, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued an advisory for all departments concerned to remain high alert and vigilant as a series of heavy rains is about to begin.

The climate change minister predicted that Pakistan will see monsoon rains till August. “Punjab and Sindh are expected to receive above-normal rainfall this year,” she said, also highlighting the grave situation in neighbouring countries where the onset of the monsoon season has already created a state of emergency, such as in India and Bangladesh.

“Geographically, above-normal rain is expected on the foothills of the Himalayas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and the central parts of the Punjab region,” Rehman wrote.

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