HAILSTORM In Pakistan

      A hailstorm hit the capital and parts of adjoining Rawalpindi on Thursday afternoon turning roads and rooftops of buildings white. The hailstorm took residents of the twin cities by surprise. Youngsters came out of their houses to play with hailstones and enjoy the scenic beauty of Islamabad in the background of black clouds and white roads. The hailstones began raining down at around 1:45 p.m. and continued for 15 to 20 minutes. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted that dark clouds would clear on Friday (today). According to it, another spell of rain is expected in Lahore and Gujranwala divisions from Friday. The PMD stressed on the need for improving the climate change adaptation in the country to ensure that the risks faced by millions of people in poor and vulnerable communities across the country are reduced, particularly during monsoon season. Talking to ‘The News’ on Thursday, Meteorologist Muhammad Farooq Dar said that unexpected heavy rains during the month of February could be cited as an example of climate change as the water level in the Nullah Leh touched the danger level. He warned civic bodies to remain on high alert due to impacts of climate change across the country as the upcoming monsoon season might be the worst. “The local managements should adopt precautionary measures otherwise people of low-lying areas could face worst kind of difficulties,” he warned. He said that Rawalpindi received 13mm and Islamabad 14mm rain on Thursday. For the first time in country’s history, Khuzdar received 42mm rain in February due to climate change, he said.

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