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Sindh Declares Rain Emergency as Heavy Rain Forecasted, Friday Designated as Half-Day for Offices in Karachi

Karachi: Amidst looming concerns over heavy rainfall, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah of Sindh has taken proactive measures by declaring a state of rain emergency across the province, the government of Sindh has announced a half-day for offices in Karachi on Friday.

Chairing a high-level meeting to address the imminent weather emergency, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah directed all local bodies, administrative units, and hospitals to remain on high alert. The meeting deliberated on strategies to effectively manage the anticipated rainfall and its potential impact on the province.

As part of the precautionary measures, a half-day duty has been mandated for all government and private institutions in Karachi on Friday, considering the expected weather conditions. Chief Minister Shah urged citizens to refrain from unnecessary outdoor activities, emphasizing the importance of staying indoors to avoid any potential hazards.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced that rain is expected to start in Karachi around 2:00 pm, with several episodes predicted throughout the day. He emphasized the possibility of rainwater coming from the Khuzdar mountain range, underscoring the need for collaborative measures to mitigate potential flooding hazards.

In addition to administrative measures, Chief Minister Shah instructed the Traffic Police to enhance traffic management arrangements across the city, aiming to alleviate congestion and facilitate smoother transportation amidst adverse weather conditions.

The Meteorological Office has issued a forecast indicating heavy rainfall across various districts of Sindh, including Karachi, Sukkur, Jacobabad, and others, on the 1st of March. Additionally, the possibility of wind or thunderstorms, along with isolated hailstorms, has been forecasted during the specified period, necessitating heightened vigilance and preparedness measures across the province.

Heavy Rains Cause Havoc in Gwadar, Balochistan

Recent heavy rains in Gwadar, Kech district, and other parts of Balochistan disrupted normal life and traffic on the Coastal Highway, isolating Gwadar and Ormara from Karachi and other regions.

The Gwadar district administration declared a state of emergency, with para-military forces aiding in rescue and relief efforts.

This rainfall marks the heaviest spell in Gwadar since 2010, resulting in collapsed boundary walls and roofs of mud houses, although no casualties have been reported yet.

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