‘Ex­ces­sive mon­soon rains may im­pact agri sec­tor neg­a­tively’

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Pak­istan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment (PMD) Dr Ghulam Ra­sool Mon­day said ex­ces­sive mon­soon rains could have neg­a­tive im­pact on the agri­cul­ture sec­tor. He said stag­nant wa­ter in the crops of cot­ton and sug­ar­cane, if did not re­cede, could dam­age them. How­ever, the rice crop would not be harmed by the stag­nant wa­ter.

Talk­ing to APP, Dr Ghulam Ra­sool said there was the fore­cast of mod­er­ate rain dur­ing the on­go­ing pre-mon­soon spell, that was un­likely to cause ma­jor floods. How­ever the over­all mon­soon pe­riod, start­ing from July, would bring heavy down­pour that could cause ev­ery kind of floods like river­ine and flash floods, he added.

Dr Ghulam Ra­sool said ex­ces­sive rains were likely in north-east Pun­jab, up­per Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Azad Jammu Kash­mir and the ar­eas along the Sule­man Range dur­ing the mon­soon pe­riod. He said glacier melt­ing due to high tem­per­a­tures at times would also in­crease the wa­ter level in rivers. Strong in­cur­sions of mon­soon cur­rents with high tem­per­a­ture may trig­ger Glacial Lake Out­burst Floods (GLOF), land­slides and flash floods in up­per Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and Gil­git-Baltistan.

Com­ment­ing on PMD’s prepa­ra­tions for the mon­soon pe­riod, Dr Ghulam Ra­sool said, “We have writ­ten let­ters to the chief sec­re­taries, chief min­is­ters and gov­er­nors of all four prov­inces as well as Gil­git Baltistan and Kash­mir to com­plete their prepa­ra­tions to cope with any dis­as­ter or emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.”

This time, the Met Of­fice had in­formed all the de­part­ments con­cerned about the chances of floods so that they must be well pre­pared, he said adding, “No one can now blame the Met Of­fice for not fore­cast­ing floods in time.” Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion, he said the PMD’s Flood Fore­cast­ing Warn­ing Sys­tem (FFWS) for the Nul­lah Leh was now fully func­tional af­ter restora­tion of its fre­quency to alert the peo­ple by sound­ing alarms in case of in­creas­ing wa­ter level dur­ing the mon­soon rains.

“The fre­quency of FFSW was ear­lier al­lo­cated to Na­tional Data­base Regis­tra­tion Au­thor­ity (NDMA) by the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned, how­ever, it has been re-al­lo­cated to the Flood Fore­cast­ing Warn­ing Sys­tem now,” he added. The warn­ing sys­tem is used to alert peo­ple liv­ing along nul­lahs, river banks and low ly­ing ar­eas by sound­ing alarms so that they could move to safer places. Re­cently, the DG said, the FFSW for Nul­lah Leh was made func­tional and now there would be no is­sue in giv­ing alerts and warn­ings in flash-flood like emer­gen­cies.—APP

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