Record rains in 30 years

Staff Reporter

Lahore—Light intermittent rain has continued to lash various parts of the country on Thursday.
The main rain-receiving areas of the country include Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, and Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, and Kashmir during the current spell of rains.
Rain was also reported at isolated places in Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Multan, D.G. Khan, Quetta, Sibi, Makran, and Sukkur divisions. The current rain spell will continue till Sunday.
The Meterological Department Thursday revealed that unprecedented rain spell of March has broken the record of last thirty years. According to a MET official widespread rain-thundershower with gusty winds was expected in KP, FATA, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir.
Rain recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was approximately 100 mm,Islamabad 168 mm, Quetta 87mm,Kashmir 180mm,and in Sargodha 137mm.
Isolated heavy falls were expected in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi divisions and Kashmir. Scattered rain-thundershower was expected in Quetta, Zhob, Sibbi, Makran, Kalat, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, D.G Khan divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan. Few hail storms are also expected in upper KP (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan divisions) and Potohar region.
Heavy downpour may generate flash flooding in upper KP (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan), FATA, Rawalpindi division, Islamabad and Kashmir, he predicted.
Possibility of landslides/avalanches in hilly areas of upper KP, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir would be high during the period. A few hailstorms were also expected in upper KP (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan divisions) and Potohar region, he said.

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