Weather Forecast: Pakistan
March 21, 2007
The prolonged winter rain spell, which had gripped the twin cities over the last couple of days and had dumped RECORD RAIN DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH, will end today. The twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad received 30 millimeters rain on Wednesday after the met office recorded 64.4 mm rain on Tuesday which is a record since March 1993. “Every three to five years the winter or monsoon season prolongs by two to three weeks and we have extended rains. And this year the winter rains have extended well into spring season. This is a global phenomenon.” The present rain spell entered Pakistan on March 17 which caused heavy rains in Sindh and coastal areas of Balochistan. The moisture-laden clouds later moved northwards and heavy rains brought life to a standstill. A number of people died in rain-related accidents and the road network in hilly terrain was severely affected by landslides.
TORRENTIAL RAINS/ FLOODS/ LANDSLIDES
KASHMIR - Hundreds of vehicles are being used to provide essential services in the Kashmir valley where's it's been raining very heavily for the past couple of days. Parts of Srinagar city are already under water and the Jammu-Kashmir National Highway has been cut off more than a week now. Disaster management meetings were held until late Tuesday evening and officials say the say the situation is quite grim. “The water level is going up at a fast pace. We'll formally sound an alarm." Residents say that with the highway closed, prices of essential commodities are going through the roof and there are reports of hoarding as well. With the Meteorological Department saying the rains are likely to continue for at least another day, evacuee boats have been sent to all the districts. Schools in the valley will be closed until March 24. Photo Above: After snowfall, rains have lashed the Kashmir valley for the last 48 hours.
Hundreds of families were evacuated in flash floods as incessant rains lashed Jammu and Kashmir. The heavy downpour forced the J-K government to sound a flood alert after water levels in major rivers and streams crossed the danger mark. Landslides and flash floods were also reported from around the state.
NEPAL - At least five women were killed as they were buried under a landslide Wednesday in Salyan district in mid-western Nepal. Two more women were injured in the accident. The women were buried while they were digging out mud, some 400 km west of Kathmandu.
MALAYSIA - Twenty-three vehicles were buried in a massive landslide, forcing about 1,000 residents to vacate their homes at 4.30am. Tons of earth came tumbling down from a hill from behind the apartment at Precinct 9 of Phase 11. The 50-metre high hill with a 45 degree slope was located 10 metres from the apartment which has three blocks, each 15-storey high. Atop the hill is a water tank. Following the landslide, a pile of earth, measuring 9m by 12m and three-metre high, has been formed at the car park area. It has been raining heavily in Putrajaya since yesterday evening till early today. (photo)
Kampung Kebun Bunga in Batu Tiga, Shah Alam, was hit by flash floods again yesterday morning. It was the fifth such incident since the massive flash floods that hit Shah Alam in February last year. Hundreds of residents were awakened by rising waters in the wee hours of the morning and they later had to take shelter at the village community hall, which has been turned into a relief centre. Heavy downpour and high tides at sea were the main causes of the flash flood. Heavy rain, which started at about 10pm, had resulted in Sungai Damansara overflowing its banks and the waters inundating all of the houses in the village. “Water began to rise at 1am and the high tide started at 2am and hit its peak at 7am.”