KARACHI: Widespread torrential rain and hailstorm have been reported in different parts of Sindh over last few hours, killing at least 8 peope and damaging crops in the area while inflicting heavy damages to livestock.
According to reports gathered by the regional telegraph, back to back thunder cells developed over Tharparker, Nagarparker and adjoining areas, causing heavy showers in the region.
Since yesterday evening, areas of southeastern Sindh received moderate or heavy rains. These include Umarkot and other areas of Thar getting good amount of rains accompanied by thunderstorm and isolated hails. On the other hand, thunderstorms had also developed over extreme northern areas of Sindh. Some areas in Nagarparkar also witnessed intense lightening.
At least 8 people including 6 women were reportedly killed and many injured in rain related incidents across Sindh. Those who lost lives in rain related incidents were identified as Dani, Bhel, Sanghar, Mareet, Jamal Shoro, Sohna Dhot and Samad Soomro.
Livestock in Thar also sustained heavy losses due to multiple lightning strike incidents, and as many as 61 animals were found dead in Dabhi, Dahli and Mokyar villages.
Several trees were burnt as a result of lightning strikes, in the area of Tharparkar Kot Diji and surrounding locations. A resident in Kot Diji filmed a date palm tree on fire soon after the lightning strike.
The current system, which has developed in south west of Karachi, is less likely to affect the city. However, a few more offshore storms are expected to form, bring cloudy weather for the city, and where light showers can’t be ruled out.
Another huge storm is approaching Mithi and Islamkot till the filing of this report, which is likely to cause moderate to heavy shower along with isolated hails.
It may be mentioned here that Tharparkar desert in Sindh is known for being hot and dry, however, recent heavy rain spell has turned the desert into a lush green landscape.
Several areas in Thar Desert appear inundated with several ponds and lakes, primary source for locals and livestock, filled up with rainwater, bringing sigh of relief for the entire population in the area.
Met Dept adds:
Weather remained dry in most parts of the country while cold in northern areas.However, rain-thunderstorm occurred at isolated places in Multan, Khanewal, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Layyah and Barkhan districts.
A westerly wave is affecting lower parts of the country and likely to affect central and upper parts from tonight.
Rain-wind/thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in South Punjab, Sindh, Northeastern Balochistan while at isolated places in districts of Upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir on Thursday, while snowfall over mountains is also expected during the period.
Rainfall recorded till 5 pm today across Tharparkar
Mithi: 28 mm.
Islamkot: 7 mm (total in past 24 Hours: 85mm)
Diplo: 8 mm.
Chachro: 72 mm.
Dhaheli: 60 mm
Rainfall recorded across the country:
Sindh: Islam Kot 85, Chachro 75, Dalai 74, Mithi 39,Nagarparkar 27, Diplo 08, Chhor 05, Kloi 01, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Kalam 17, Patan 08, Mirkhani 07,Balakot 04, Kakul, Chitral, Drosh, Parachinar 03, Malamajabba 02,Dir 01, Gilgit-Baltistan: Astore 16, Gupis 03, Punjab: DG Khan (City 07, Fort Munro 03), T T Singh 06,Multan, Jhang 05, Kot Addu 03, Faisalabad 02, Lahore (City, A/P 01), Kashmir: Muzaffarabad (City 06, Airport 03), Chakotti 03, Garhi Dupta 02, Rawalakot 01, Balochistan: Barkhan 03, Quetta 02, Lasbella 01
Today’s Recorded Lowest Minimum Temperatures: Gupis -02°C, Bagrot -01, Skardu and Kalat 01°C.