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PMD Issues Drought Alert

The Pakistan Meteorological Department’s (PMD) National Drought Monitoring Centre as a result of low rainfall in the southern parts of the country.

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The Pakistan Meteorological Department’s (PMD) National Drought Monitoring Centre as a result of low rainfall in the southern parts of the country.

As per the details, a drought-like situation has emerged over most of the high-temperature regions because of the acute weather conditions in the province.

The relevant authorities and stakeholders are required to take pre-emptive measures for the disaster-prone districts.

The current heatwave from mid-March has affected the low rainfall regions in Sindh, Balochistan, south Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and south Punjab, and particularly the Cholistan region, which is all undergoing a drought-like situation.

The heatwave has resulted in severe drought-like conditions in the Chagi district, whereas moderate conditions have emerged over the Kharan, Nushki, and Washuk districts of Balochistan. Similarly, mild drought conditions are prevailing in most of Sindh, south Punjab, and south KP.

According to PMD Pakistan received significant rainfall in January. However, there was 21.6 percent lesser rain than usual between February and April, which led to the current situation. These conditions may exacerbate and affect agriculture, water resources, and livestock until mid-June (before the monsoon).

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