The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned against an inevitable water crisis facing the country.
PMD has urged everyone to use water reserves carefully in order to avoid water shortage, while informing them to expect less than average rain in the next three months.
Director General PMD, Dr Ghulam Rasul has speculated that Pakistan is liable of facing a situation similar to last year’s droughts.
It is not like we will not get any rain at all, but the sparse showers from October to December will not be sufficient to fill any of the main water reservoirs.
Karachi Still Reeling From Heatwave
The beginning of September was marked with Punjab receiving average to above average amounts of rainfall, while Azad Jammu Kashmir, Balochistan and Sindh received below average levels of rain.
Northern areas of Pakistan are expected to receive short, isolated spells of rain on September 22 and 23 while the rest of the country shall remain hot and dry according to Dr Ghulam.
“Karachi still has the remains of a heatwave, where the temperature and humidity levels are both high and areas in internal Sindh and Balochistan are still facing temperatures higher than 40 degrees,” he said.
Strange Weather Patterns
He further added that the country faced strange weather patterns this year: most of the rainfall was received during June contrary to the conventional rainfall season in July.
Since the beginning of the monsoon season in July, Rain has decreased by 20% when compared to other seasons and the overall rain received this year stands at a below average level.