PESHAWAR: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued alert about rain and windstorm during the next four days in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to the PDMA, the Pakistan Metrological Department has predicted that weak to moderate monsoon currents are penetrating north-eastern parts of the province and are likely to strengthen during the forthcoming days. Under the influence of the weather system, rain, dust-storm, thunderstorm associated with strong gusty winds are expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan and Kohat divisions from Thursday to Sunday.

Rain and windstorm are also expected in isolated places in Dera Ismail Khan division from Friday evening to Sunday. More rain, dust-storm are expected in parts of KP from Monday to Thursday.

The PDMA has requested the concerned authorities to take all precautionary measures in order to avoid human losses or damages to property. The concerned authorities have also been requested to inform tourists about the weather forecast; ensure availability of all emergency services, staff, machinery and other resources; share information about any occurrence with the PDMA on helpline 1700; all concerned line departments must remain vigilant in restoring road links.

During the last 24 hours, weather remained hot and dry in most parts of KP, while very hot in plain areas of the region. Rain thunderstorm occurred at isolated places in Malakand and Hazara divisions. The highest temperature in KP on Tuesday was recorded at 47 degrees centigrade in Dera Ismail Khan.

Weather in most parts of KP and rest of the country is extremely hot nowadays and people are praying for rain relief. Along with extreme hot weather, power load-shedding has added to the trouble of people particularly in rural areas of KP. Besides prolonged outages, people are also complaining about low voltage problem due to which electric appliances cannot function properly. People have demanded the government to end load-shedding and given them relief in hot weather.

On the other hand, the government insists that power outages are being carried out only in those areas where there is problem of power theft. The government insists that load-shedding is minimal in areas where there is no power theft.