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pakistan wheather should be watched closely

Pakistan must keep close watch on weather

(IANS) / 25 June 2013

Pakistan must closely watch for weather systems approaching the country that may cause a disaster situation, warned a Pakistani daily following the calamity in India’s mountainous Uttarakhand state.
An editorial in The News said that cloudbursts have induced massive landslides and flash floods in India’s Mandakini river.
“The swollen river washed away houses, shops, apartment buildings, hotels and bridges on its way — along with unsuspecting locals and visitors. Flood-related deaths have also been reported in Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and in neighbouring Nepal,” the daily said.
The toll is over 500 with thousands still stranded.
“This disaster was so unpredictable that even the most capable agencies would have been caught off guard — and the Indian military has been deployed to rescue the affected,” it said.
The daily said that disasters such as these offer deep insights about the climate change issues we face the world over.
“Pakistan must also closely watch for weather systems approaching the country that may cause a disaster situation — and start preparing from now for the inevitable human and material losses that come with these disasters.”
“The consequences of the devastating floods in Pakistan — the worst in 2010 — over the past three years still linger. People are displaced, crops ruined, and homes destroyed,” it said.

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