PMD issues drought alert


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) National Drought Monitoring Centre on Friday sent out a drought alert as a result of low rainfall in the southern parts of the country during the July-August monsoon period.
The parts of Sindh that will be affected by moderate to harsh drought-like conditions include Tharparkar, Mityari, Hyderabad, Jacobabad, Dadu, Karachi, Kambar Shadadkot, Umerkot, Sanghar, Sajwal, Sbabeed Benzairabad, Jamshoro, and Khairpur.
In Balochistan, Dalbandin, Gawadar, Jiwani, Panjgur, Pasni, Nokkundi, Ormara, Quetta and Turbat will all be affected by moderate to harsh drought-like conditions.
A few areas of south Punjab, like Multan and Mianwali, and Gilgit Baltistan’s Bunji, Chilas, Gilgit and Gupis will also experience mild to moderate drought this year.
The PMD said in its alert that the moderate drought-like conditions have emerged over most of the southern parts of Pakistan due to lack of summer rain.
According to the PMD’s alert, May-June saw 7 per cent of extra rainfall while July and August saw -30.4pc rainfall.Overall, from May to August, there was -24.4pc of rainfall all over Pakistan.
According to the alert, drought conditions may take a severe turn in the coming days especially in southern parts of the country.The alert also predicted water stress due to lack of irrigation water available for Kharif crops.
According to the PMD, the water level in Tarbela dam is at full capacity. However, Mangla dam is only half full with water levels at 65ft at the Mangla reservoir.