Heavy rains in central northern parts of Pakistan; Internet disrupted | Panda Anku

Heavy rains and flooding caused internet outages in Pakistan’s central and northern parts of the country on Friday.

The National Telecommunication Company, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) said heavy rains and flooding in various regions had caused disruptions to the fiber optic network, The Express Tribune reported.

PTCL is the main internet bandwidth provider in central and north Pakistan and millions rely on the service for internet connections.

“Due to heavy rainfall and flooding, PTCL’s fiber optic network is experiencing some technical disruptions. As a result, PTCL users in the northern and central regions are facing internet outages. Our teams are working to restore services as a priority,” PTCL tweeted.

Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority (PTA) also confirmed the development, adding that problems were reported in data networks between “South and North” that caused problems with internet connectivity, The Express Tribune reported.

“As reported by PTCL, a problem has been reported in data networks between South and North, causing problems with internet connectivity. This issue is under investigation. PTA is monitoring the situation and further updates will be shared,” PTA tweeted.

Internet users in Karachi also complained about connection problems on social media. ISPs replied that they had received an update from one of the upstream providers “regarding a long-haul outage due to flooding due to server weather conditions.”

The Pakistan Meteorological Office (PMD) forecast “above average” rainfall for August in most parts of the country and warned that heavy downpours could trigger flash floods in hilly areas in eastern Punjab and northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), The Express reported tribunes.

In its August outlook, the PMD also warned of urban flooding in flat areas such as the major cities of Sindh, Punjab and KP. “Due to extreme hydro-meteorological events over catchment areas, river flooding cannot be ruled out,” she added.

Amid the ongoing devastation and destruction caused by heavy rains and floods in various parts of Pakistan, Pakistan’s climate change ministry has warned of further rains in the coming weeks as the federal cabinet declared a “monsoon emergency” for the country.

At least 549 people have died in Pakistan over the past month as a result of flash floods caused by unusually heavy monsoon rains, with rural areas in Balochistan province being hit the hardest, The Express Tribune reported.

Aside from the casualties, the flooding damaged more than 46,200 homes, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said.

Last month saw 133 percent more rain than the 30-year average, making it the wettest in three decades, according to the NDMA.

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