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Climate change minister warns of urban flooding in major cities

Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman has warned of a risk of urban flooding in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Peshawar.

In a series of tweets, the federal minister said that risk of torrential rains in urban areas was expected. She stated that during the current monsoon season in the country, there was an expectation of increased rainfall in Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. She also raised concerns about chances of flooding in rivers and other water channels of the country.

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Emphasizing upon taking preventive measures, Sherry Rehman has said that urban areas were likely expected to face the problems caused by torrential rains. She has stated that all the major cities including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Peshawar face an imminent impact of increased rainfall resulting in urban flooding.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has already issued an advisory for concerned departments to remain on high alert due to forecasted series of heavy rains across the country.

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Sherry Rehman, in her message, has also given reference of the situation faced by India and Bangladesh due to rains and flooding. She also said that the Climate Change Ministry had issued a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan governments because of global warming.

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