3 dead and multiple injured as massive dust storm wreaks havoc in Karachi

At least 3 people were killed and as many as 20 injured as an intense dust storm accompanied by strong winds hit the metropolis, late Sunday night. The dust storm continued Monday morning, dispersing sand around the city, downing trees and blowing away roofs in some areas.

Incidents of wall and roof collapses have been reported in Korangi, Landhi, Malir, Lyari, PECHS, Peoples Chowrangi, and Surjani Town.

A man was killed as a tree fell on him near Peoples Chowrangi. In another incident, a school roof situated at Tipu Sultan road collapsed, injuring five students who were rushed to a nearby hospital, rescue sources said.

Meanwhile, an imam of a mosque at fish harbour was injured as the mosque’s makeshift roof collapsed. Two people were injured in Landhi No. 3 as a part of a wall of their house collapsed, rescue sources said.

Moreover, two people were injured as the roof of their house collapsed in Surjani Town No. 7. At least eight fishermen are reportedly missing after their boat overturned near Rehri Goth.

The sudden dust storm came with howling gales and hampered visibility on numerous major roads. Flights were also delayed due to reduced visibility. The wind was so strong that it ripped off tin walls and knocked out power cables in some localities, cutting off electricity.

Strong winds with dust continued to gush on Monday morning with light drizzle in some areas. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Director Sardar Sarfaraz said, “Last night’s dust storm was stronger than expected. Winds blew at a speed of 65km/h and reduced the visibility to 500 meters.”

“A western wind system is present in the city and winds are expected to blow at high speeds today as well,” he added. “The western wind system will leave from the city by tomorrow evening.”

Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast rains along with dust and thunderstorm in Karachi on Monday and Tuesday. The rain is expected to provide slight relief from the scorching heat.

 

 

 

Faisal Rahat

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