Beware! Commuters should avoid interprovincial highways tonight amid rain warning

By
Noor Zaman Achakzai
An undated image of a motorway built under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. — AFP/File
An undated image of a motorway built under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. — AFP/File

As the rain-producing system enters the country through Balochistan, various parts of Pakistan are likely to receive heavy downpours and windstorms, with the authorities warning against travel through interprovincial highways.

Chaman and its surrounding areas were hit by strong dusty winds on Sunday, under the effect of a westerly system. Meanwhile, areas including Qilla Abdullah, Jangle Pir Alizai, Saranan, Pishin and others received a wind storm.

As a result, movement through Chaman Road was affected.

The National Highway Authority (NHA) advised the people to avoid "unnecessary travelling" on interprovincial highways tonight (Sunday), citing the forecast of heavy rain, hailstorms and snowfall.

The travel advisory stated that the N-50 which connects Punjab to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is likely to be affected due to snowfall.

The NHA's North general manager said that emergency camps have been established on the thoroughfares passing through upper areas in Balochistan, while the presence of heavy machinery to clear the ways has been ensured at the Kozak Top, N-25, Chaman, and other areas.

Moreover, relief and rescue teams remain on standby at the Kan Mehtarzai Camp.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had forecast a westerly wave entering the country tonight (February 25), which was to grip upper parts of the country on February 26 and February 27 in the form of heavy rains and thunderstorms.