Sindh government declares rain emergency, mandates half-day for Karachi offices on Friday – Pakistan

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has declared a rain emergency in the province and announced that tomorrow will be a half-day for all government and private offices in Karachi. The Pakistan Disaster Management Authority had issued a warning about urban flooding due to heavy rain/thunderstorms in northern Sindh from Feb 29 to March 2. Similar weather conditions are expected in the rest of the province from March 1. In response, the Sindh government has instructed offices to operate only till 2pm on March 1 and for evening shift schools to remain closed. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has emphasized the need for preparedness for the upcoming rain.

In a meeting at the CM House, CM Murad Ali Shah put local institutions, administration, and hospitals on high alert and urged people to stay indoors during the expected rainfall. Karachi Mayor Murtaza Wahab confirmed a half-day for offices in Karachi and advised citizens to avoid unnecessary movement. PDMA Director General Salman Shah informed that heavy rainfall is expected in various parts of the province, leading to a possibility of urban flooding. The Sindh government has taken emergency measures to ensure the safety and preparedness of rescue services in case of flooding. The PMD has also issued warnings about heavy rainfall and urban flooding, advising fishermen in Balochistan and Sindh to take precautions.

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