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Expensive environment monitoring system closed

By: Jamal Shahid ISLAMABAD: As people continue to breathe urban smog, Pakistan Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) high-tech air monitoring system has been closed due to shortage of funds. Environmentalists in the Ministry of Climate Change described the closure as a major ‘environmental setback’ as since June 30 the air quality in the country has not […]

Rain raises water level in Leh

By: Aamir Yasin RAWALPINDI: Heavy rains on the night between Friday and Saturday raised the water level in Leh Nullah up to 19 feet, just three feet below flood level, causing the dwellers of low-lying areas to pass a sleepless night. Due to the rains, portions of old and dilapidated houses collapsed in the cantonment […]

High flood forecast for Chenab

LAHORE: The Flood Forecasting Division forecast on Saturday medium-to-high flood in the Chenab river at Marala during the next 24 hours because of heavy rains in its catchments. Medium flood is expected in nullahs of rivers Chenab and Ravi in the Sialkot region and in Kabul, Swat, Kurram and Gambila rivers and their tributaries during […]

Floods hit Pakistan

LAHORE/QUETTA: Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are facing flood threat as the Met Office has forecast heavy rains in the next two days. There was a low-level flood in River Ravi at Baloki but the water level was gradually increasing. According to Indus River System Authority (IRSA), in River Indus the water inflow at Tarbela was […]

Heavy downpour causes traffic jams

By: Kalbe Ali ISLAMABAD: Massive bottlenecks were witnessed at Faizabad as water accumulated under the flyover, creating traffic jams for vehicles moving towards Muree road from Rawalpindi and Islamabad. A similar situation was observed at the airport road after the twin-cities received heavy rainfall Friday morning in a large area. Since only one vehicle could […]

Punjab government relief goods reach flooded Nowshera

NOWSHERA/RAWALPINDI: The Punjab government’s first convoy of 25 trucks carrying relief goods for the hundreds of people affected in the recent floods reached flood-hit Nowshera on Thursday. After arrival at the city, PML-N leaders including MNA Hanif Abbasi and Marvi Memon handed over the relief goods to KPK Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain and others […]

City receives scattered drizzle

LAHORE: The City received scattered drizzle on Thursday morning, making weather pleasant by maintaining the mercury to a low level.Clearing of sky after the rains and abundance of sunshine caused increase in the mercury level at noon but the weather did not turn oppressive due to continuously blowing winds. On Thursday, maximum and minimum temperature […]

Heavy rain, floods kill 26 in Pakistan

MUZAFFARABAD/ ISLAMABAD: Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 26 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in northern Pakistan, officials said on Thursday. Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, the prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, said at least 17 people have been killed and nine others injured in six districts since […]

National Disaster Management Authority asked to boost flood preparedness

By: Iftikhar A. Khan ISLAMABAD: Alarmed by the threat of flash floods in different parts of the country, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf asked the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday to enhance the level of preparedness and review the stock of material needed for relief and rescue operations. The prime minister expressed grief […]

Flood alert

The monsoon rains, late this year, have finally arrived with the full force of nature, wreaking havoc in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fata and Azad Kashmir and leaving at least 32 people dead just over the last few days. The weeks ahead promise more damage, with the catchment areas of the Chenab and Ravi distributaries expected […]

Flood hits 10 villages of Pasrur

SIALKOT: The standing seasonal crops on hundreds of acres of land were badly damaged in Pasrur tehsil’s 10 villages including Jabbokey, Nawaadhey and Jhaatokey, which were inundated due to spate in flooded Naullah Dek here on Wednesday. The traffic remained suspended on main Pasrur-Narowal Road for about six hours, which also remained under flood water […]

Rains expose government claims of monsoon arrangements

RAWALPINDI: Torrential rains during Eid holidays have exposed tall claims made by the departments concerned of the Tehsil Municipal Authority (TMA), Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) and district government about sanitation and cleanliness. Earlier, it was claimed by the authorities that all nullahs and drains of the city had been cleared of silt and solid […]

Decreased rainfall attributed to El Nino

By: Shahid Husain Karachi: The Pakistan Meteorological Department has revised its rainfall forecast for August and September to 20 percent below the long-term average for the country’s northern regions and 40 percent below the average for the southern regions. The decreased level of rainfall is being attributed to the early onset of the El Nino […]

Federal Flood Commission predicts flash floods in next 48 hours

ISLAMABAD: Preventive measures must be taken to avoid losses as flash flooding is expected in various areas of the country during the next 48 hours, warns federal flood commission (FFC) here on Wednesday. According to a press release of FFC, from medium to high flash flooding is expected in rivers Kabul, Kurram, Gambila, Swat and […]