PESHAWAR: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued alert about the possible damages of rains and thunderstorm during the next four days.

The PDMA said in a statement that the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted that westerly wave is persistently affecting upper and central parts of the country. This weather system is likely to interact with monsoon currents on Wednesday night and it will grip most parts of the country on Thursday (tomorrow).

Under the influence of this system, widespread rains, windstorm and thunderstorm is expected in all districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from Wednesday to Sunday. Hailstorm is also expected in isolated places in KP during this period. Heavy rains may also trigger landslides in Malakand and Hazara during the next five days.

Farmers have been advised to take precautionary measures during the forecast period. All the relevant departments have also been advised to take necessary measures to be prepared for any challenging situation.

The PDMA advised that tourists must be informed about the weather forecast; availability of all emergency services and staff must be made available and all concerned line departments must stay vigilant in restoring road links. The PDMA said that in case of any occurrence, updates may be shared with the PDMA through helpline 1700 which is available round the clock.

During the next 24 hours, rain and thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Battagram, Kohistan, Torghar, Malakand, Lower and Upper Dir, Chitral, Bajaur, Swat, Buner, Shangla, Mardan, Swabi, Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mohmand, Khyber, Orakzai, Kohat, Kurram, Hangu, Karak, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, North Waziristan, Dera Ismail Khan, Tank and South Waziristan districts.

On Tuesday, weather remained partly cloudy in most parts of KP. However, rain and thunderstorm occurred at isolated places in Malakand, Mardan, Peshawar and Kohat divisions.

Rains have brought significant decrease in temperatures in most parts of KP. With reduction in temperature, people have now started the use of warm clothes. However, this pleasant change in the weather is not so good news for people who live in mud-made houses and in areas vulnerable to be affected by floods. Several casualties occurred in rain-related incidents in different parts of KP two days ago.