Rain, Snowfall Breaks Dry Spell In KP

Rain, snowfall breaks dry spell in KP

PESHAWAR, Jan 3 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 03rd Jan, 2017 ) : The light rain lashed different parts of Upper Khyber Pakthunkhwa especially Hazara and Malkand division on Tuesday morning, breaking the nearly four months long dry spell in the province besides making weather cold and chilly in the region.

The Regional Met Office Peshawar senior official told APP that light rain has been reported in Upper KP including 5mm from Mirkani, Dir 4mm, Chitral 3mm, Malamjabba 3mm, Pattan Kohistan 3mm, Kalam 2mm, Peshawar City and Saidu Sharif 1mm, Balakot and Peshawar A/P Trace respectively since 10 am Tuesday morning and more rain with snowfall over hills is expected in upper KP during next 24 hours.

The official said a fresh westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and is likely to persist till Saturday. As result of this westerly wave, light rain with snowfall over the hills reported at some places in Malakand, Hazara and Peshawar during last 24 hours.

Light to moderate rain is expected in scattered places of Upper Khyber Pakthunkhwa including Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar and Mardan divisions with intermittent intervals besides snowfall over the hills in Chitral, Malam Jabba, Kalam and Nathia Gali Abbottabad during next 24 hours.

Rain is also predicted in isolated places in Kohat, Bannu and D.I.Khan that would end the long dry spell in southern districts of the province.

After the end of this rainy spell in Upper KP and Northern Punjab, the cold winds will likely to move towards Karachi in next few days that would decrease the temperature in the port city.

The intermittent rain may trigger landslides and avalanches in the mountainous areas of KP, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, he added. The Met official predicted an extended winter season till March as more rains are expected during next three months this year.

The rain would help control cough, Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs), ENT and chest related diseases besides other health problems in the province. Malik Riaz Khan, a consultant Children specialist at Govt Hospital in Pabbi told APP that dozens of cases of ARIs, Pneumonia and other seasonal infections in children were reported last month due to prolong dry and chilly weather, hoping that the current rain fall would help control these seasonal diseases in the province.

Nimaz-i-Istisqa was offered in the country including major cities and villages of Khyber Pakthunkhwa on the appeal of President Mamnoon Hussain. The agriculture experts termed the current rainfall extremely beneficial for the wheat crops especially in arid and dry areas besides increasing per acre production. They said young plantation of trees would also help grow due to rainfall.