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Pakistan: Monsoon Update, Issue 1 | 20 - 26 July 2013

Situation Report
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• Upper and central parts of the country have experienced heavy rainfall during July. However, the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) indicates cumulatively 55 per cent below-normal rains have so far been recorded during the month, as southern parts of the country have received much less rainfall.

• The rains triggered flash floods, breaches to irrigation canals, infrastructure damages and crop losses, mainly in Sindh and Punjab provinces. Flash floods have been reported in Sialkot, Narowal, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala and Gujrat districts in northern Punjab, causing extensive losses.

• Concerns remain over the continued prevalence of heavy monsoon systems across India, especially in regions adjoining Pakistan, and their possible flooding impact.

• A combination of snowmelt and rains has contributed to relatively higher water levels in Tarbela and Mangla reservoirs, thus reducing their flood impact mitigation capacity.

• Similar water fill trends of Indian reservoirs have been reported along rivers Sutlej, Ravi and Chenab. Heavy rains in the catchment areas could trigger flooding in these rivers. It’s worth noting that major floods along the eastern rivers occurred in 1995 and 1997, and population and infrastructure intrusions pose serious risks.

• Current weather trends are likely to persist into the first week of August.

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