The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has released a total of 21.28 tons of food items and other relief goods for the monsoon rains and floods’ affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Sindh, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
An official of the NDMA said on Wednesday that the authority had released 500 tents, 2.1 tons food items, 800 blankets where the relief items provided to KP included 27 tents, 4.25 tons food goods, Balochistan 50 tents, 1 ton food items, Gilgit Baltistan 43 tents, 2.93 tons food, 95 blankets, 96 plastic mats and 150 tents to AJK with 11 tons food items, 200 blankets, 200 plastic mats and 100 sleeping bags.
The overall relief items released yet were 770 tents, 21.28 tons, 1095 blankets, 296 plastic mats and 100 sleeping bags, he added. Monsoon rains/wind-thunderstorm forecast for the southern half of the country, from Friday to Monday He mentioned that the Met office had informed that a well-marked monsoon low pressure had formed over North Bay of Bengal and its adjoining areas which would likely to move westwards and may reach over Indian Gujrat region around morning of August 9, 2019.
However, under the influence of this weather system widespread rains and wind-thunderstorms were expected in Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Hyderabad, Karachi and Shaheed Benazirabad divisions from Friday (evening/night) to Monday (morning). “Scattered rains and wind-thunderstorms are also expected in Zhob, Kalat, Naseerabad, Makran, Sukkur and Larkana Divisions during the period.” The Met office report, he said had underscored isolated moderate to heavy falls were also expected in lower Sindh (Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Hyderabad, Karachi, Shaheed Benazirabad Divisions), Kalat, Zhob, Naseerabad, Sibi divisions from Friday (night) to Sunday, he added.—INP