Written By: Tanzeela Ahmed
(She is a lecturer and writes for different online platforms such as Dunya TV and ARY )
Monsoon shower lashes, soothing smell of earth, crispy samosas, pakoras and a cup of hot tea / coffee... What a fantasy… In fact, it’s our ritual and that’s how we cherish cloudburst here in Pakistan.
Interesting fact is that despite the high probability of catastrophe, monsoon is thoroughly adored in Pakistan.
No hotter days and nights, the curse of scorching heat waves is about to end. Hot spells and dearth breaking rainfalls are anticipated to reach Pakistan very soon.
Pakistan Meteorological department has revealed the outlook for summer monsoon 2016. The good news for all the rain lovers is that the annual rainy season is forecasted to embark in Pakistan from the 3rd week of June comprising the spell of 3 months from July till September.
The prediction is that it will rain 10-20% more this year. So be ready to witness more than average showers in all across Pakistan. Excited? Me too. Let’s be thankful to the climate change!
Current oceanic and atmospheric conditions are demonstrating good summer monsoon season in the country. It will kick off water deficiency and certainly will tremendously boost up the Agricultural and water needs of the country.
Pre-monsoon activity has commenced in upper and central divisions of the country. It’s all set to portray rain-thunder showers along with dust-storm and strong gusty winds are likely to crop up at isolated places of North Baluchistan, AJK, Punjab, Sindh and KP.
The awful news is that “Heat impression in Chitral, upper KP and Gilgit Baltistan is causing glaciers melting and thus accelerating the tendency of Glacier Lake Outburst Flooding (GLOF) and landslides”.
Another dreadful report is that the amplified percentages of monsoon rains will leads to flash flooding. Flood warnings have already started buzzing around...
Considering the high probability of extreme downpour, there are eminent chances of flash flooding along Suleiman range as well as urban flooding can also grasp big cities of Pakistan like Karachi.
It’s already drizzling in Karachi. Foretell is that Karachi must experience heavy downpour. Ineffective and improper system of rain water drainage in Karachi may pose urban flood situation.
As a consequence of monsoon rains, ponds of water left in many areas of every city are responsible for the outbreak of manifest diseases like Malaria and Dengue. Stagnant water provides the safe breeding habitat for mosquitoes, many species of bacteria and parasites.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has chalked out the work plan at Federal and Provincial level in order to diminish the impacts of potential floods. In a meeting held on 9th June 2016, they have examined all the preparations to streamline the rescue and relief measures and flood rehabilitation plans.
Looking forward to a treasure safe and sound monsoon in Pakistan!