Islamabad: The Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) on Wednesday (September 2) issued a flood advisory wherein it has ordered the departments concerned to remain on alert for any instances of urban flooding anticipated in the wake of the ongoing bout of torrential rains in the capital city, a news source reported.
In addition to issuing the flood advisory, the ICTA recently set up relief camps in government schools as part of precautionary measures. Earlier this week, the Meteorological Department had issued a warning for heavy rains and expected urban flooding due to rising water levels in seasonal streams.
On the other hand, the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) has prepared itself to deal with any situation following the rains. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hamza Shafqaat also stated that the city could experience heavy rainfall during next few days. He requested all hospitals in the Islamabad to remain on alert for emergencies.
The departments concerned have established flood control centres in three Union Councils (UCs). These include Bhara Kahu, Tarlai, and Sihala. The UC officials and secretaries have also been directed to ensure their availability in case of emergencies.
According to the details shared, the Met Office had predicted heavy to very heavy rains for Kashmir, Potohar region, Gilgit Baltistan on Wednesday and Thursday. It predicted heavy rainfall to occur in Narowal, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Hafizabad, Lahore, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura, Kasur, and Okara.
The Met Office also stated that Haripur, Swabi, Abbottabad, Buner, Charsadda, and Peshawar would experience torrential rains starting from Wednesday, which could lead to flooding in these areas. The department has also issued warnings of landslides in hilly areas and advised agencies concerned to stay alert.