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Punjab Braces for Potential Severe Flooding Amid Forecasted Pre-Monsoon Rains

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The Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued a warning, indicating the likelihood of significant flooding as pre-monsoon rains are anticipated to begin on June 19. PDMA expressed concerns about a substantial increase in rainfall this season, forecasting a 35 per cent rise in precipitation compared to previous years. The outlook for the upcoming monsoon season suggests a potential 35 percent increase in rainfall across the country.

Notably, the heightened rainfall poses a severe threat of exacerbating flood situations nationwide, particularly in Punjab, surpassing the impact of the floods experienced in 2022. PDMA’s weather alert speculates that the province will transition from hot and dry conditions from June 16 to 18 to widespread thundershowers from June 18 to 22. Specifically, South Punjab is expected to encounter substantial rainfall from June 20 to 22.

According to PDMA, forecasts indicate that South Punjab is likely to receive 25 percent more rainfall, while northern Punjab may experience a 38 percent increase compared to average precipitation levels, potentially resulting in Monsoon rains being 30 percent more than usual across Punjab. Additionally, early glacier melt due to high temperatures has already amplified river water flow, intensifying the risk of flooding.

Recognizing the impending challenges, PDMA, in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Meteorological Department (PMD), is vigilantly monitoring the situation by employing advanced weather forecasting models. The authorities have advised residents, particularly those residing in flood-prone areas, to remain alert and prepare for potential emergency measures.

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