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Monsoon rain not enough to solve capital’s water crisis

By: Imran Ali Teepu ISLAMABAD: With erratic rains since the start of the monsoon season, Islamabad may have to brace itself for a water crisis. But even the capital’s lifeline for water, the Simly Dam, is hardly 14 feet above from the dead level, the civic authority is yet to come up with a contingency […]


Fresh spell of monsoon rains forecast

Met Office has predicted a fresh spell of monsoon rains over upper and some central parts of the country in the next four days. The office in its weather forecast observed that monsoon rains during July remained below normal in the country. It said the present trend of weak monsoon is expected to continue till […]


Partly cloudy with chances of drizzle forecast

Karachi: The Meteorological Department on Thursday forecast partly cloudy/cloudy with windy weather and chances of drizzle/light rain for Friday (today). The range of maximum temperature would remain between 32 degrees Celsius to 34 degrees Celsius, the Met official said. According to the Met department, the minimum temperature on Thursday was 27 degrees Celsius and maximum […]


Weather system moving east

LAHORE: A powerful weather system has developed on the southern boundary of the Himalayas which is moving eastwards and is likely to cause heavy rains over upper and central parts of the country, including the provincial metropolis. This spell of monsoon rains over upper and some central parts of the country is expected during the […]


Met office juxtaposes rain with drought

Intikhab Hanif LAHORE: The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Wednesday forecast rain during the next few days but also feared agricultural drought in the plains of the country in the next three to four weeks. According to its latest assessment of weather, the PMD said upper and some central parts of the country were likely to […]


Scattered rains likely

Karachi: Spells of scattered monsoon rain are forecast in parts of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhunkhwa, lower Sindh and Azad Kashmir during the current week, the met office said on Tuesday. “However, the trend of subdued monsoon rains would continue in Pakistan till mid of August 2012,” the office said in its fresh weather advisory. The rapid development […]


A good step by the NDMA

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) recently announced a plan to provide disaster risk insurance for Pakistan’s 180 million people to cover the loss of human lives, livelihoods, shelter and livestock. This would be the biggest ever insurance venture in the world. While this is a welcome move, considering how natural disasters have caused widespread […]


The Met department

By: Aurangzeb Swat: I wonder why we have a meteorological department when the weather forecasts that we get are almost always wrong. Earlier this year after an earthquake, the met department’s chairman assured us that there would be no more earthquakes in Pakistan for the next 50 years. Within a week we had another one. […]


Unusual July throws up water challenge

By: Intikhab Hanif LAHORE: Dismally low monsoon rains in July and little hope of any improvement in August is likely to create water shortage in the country, threatening kharif crops mainly cotton and rice. The Pakistan Meteorological Department had forecast five to 15 per cent above normal monsoon rains from July to September, also indicating […]


Unusual July throws up water challenge

By: Intikhab Hanif LAHORE: Dismally low monsoon rains in July and little hope of any improvement in August is likely to create water shortage in the country, threatening kharif crops mainly cotton and rice. The Pakistan Meteorological Department had forecast five to 15 per cent above normal monsoon rains from July to September, also indicating […]


High quality shrimp: Cloudy horizon, gusty winds to scale down catch

The overcast weather and rougher sea have worried the fishermen ahead of the new fishing season as they believe the cloudy horizon and gusty wind will scale down catch of high quality shrimp. Karachi Fish Harbour Authority (KFHA) has begun the process of issuing and renewing crew cards to the fishermen ahead of the new […]


Another rain spells likely from Wednesday

ISLAMABAD: Weak monsoon currents are penetrating in the north-eastern parts of the country and lower Sindh, which will cause another rain spell of monsoon season in upper parts of the country from Wednesday. According to a statement of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday, the rain spell will not be intense and may prevail […]


Flood relief cell to be set up

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Livestock and Cooperatives, Hidayatullah Khan, on Monday directed to set up flood relief cell to provide relief to masses in case of floods. He issued the directives while presiding over a meeting to review arrangements to counter any eventuality in case of floods. Director General Livestock Dr Sher Mohammad briefed […]


Low rains bring losses to KP farmers

By: Intikhab Amir PESHAWAR: Farmers in the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are at risk of suffering financial losses as thousands of acres under crops have been badly affected due to lack of irrigation water, according to experts. “The woes of growers have been compounded due to low rains during the current monsoon season and power outages […]