KARACHI: The death toll as a result of torrential rains and hailstorm across Sindh has climbed to 30, with dozens more injured. The rainy spell, started on Nov 13, has wreaked havoc from Tharparkar to Ghotki, destroying crops and inflicting substantial damages to livestock, while large area remain without electricity.
According to reports gathered by Regional Telegraph, 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 like Ghotki and Larkana. Some areas in Nagarparkar also witnessed intense lightening.
At least 30 people have lost lives and dozens other injured in rain related incidents across Sindh. Two people died in Tangwani and Ghotki areas while 4 more deaths reported in Thar. Livestock in Thar also sustained heavy losses due to multiple lightning strike incidents where over in entire district and those affected by rain related incidents have been shifted to Mithi, Islamkot and Chachro hospitals for treatment.
Livestock in Thar also sustained heavy losses due to multiple lightning strike incidents, and more than 100 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.
Karachi too received light to moderate rain last night in different areas, resulting in dropping mercury level, while a few more offshore storms are expected to form and sustain cloudy weather for the city, and more light showers can’t be ruled out.
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 cloudy and dry in most parts of the country however, rain-thunderstorm occured at scattered places in Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpur Khas, Tharparkar districts while at isolated places in Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Multan, DG Khan, Rajanpur, Layyah, Patan, Mirkhani, Kalam, Malamjabba, Balakot, Kakol, Dir, Chitral, Parachinar, Drosh, Peshawar, Mardan, DI Khan, Quetta, Barkhan, Lasbela, Sibbi, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir.
Rainfall(mm): 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.
A westerly wave is affecting most parts of the country and likely to persist till Saturday morning.
Widespread rain/wind-thunderstorm is expected in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while at scattered places in Punjab, Lower Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northeastern Balochistan, Sindh, Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir. Snowfall over mountains is also expected during the period. Meanwhile, heavy fall is also expected at few places in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.