Pre-monsoon rains: Chenab River floods 25 villages

JHANG: Over 25 villages have been submerged in Jhang after a sudden rise in the water level in the River Chenab caused by heavy pre-monsoon rains.

The surging river led to flooding of settlements in villages situated along the banks of Chenab River. The flooding also badly destroyed standing crops and damaged roads, hampering daily commute.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast heavy rains coupled with flooding from July 4 for most parts of the country.
The PMD has said that heavy rains were expected to cause urban flooding and flash floods throughout the country.

The Met Office has predicted heavy rains from July 4 to July 7 with the risk of flooding in low-lying urban areas in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujranwala and Lahore.

During this period, the heavy rainfall also runs the risk of triggering landslides in Murree, Galiyat, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and the hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Met Office said.

The Met Office has also predicted potential flash floods in the hilly areas of Dera Ghazi Khan and adjoining areas of northeast Balochistan from July 6 to July 8.

The PMD has cautioned farmers to carry out their activities keeping in view the weather forecast. It has advised tourists to avoid unnecessary travel during the wet spell.

It said that loose structures such as electric poles and solar panels may be damaged during heavy falls and the general public have been advised to stay away from risky places during the period.

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