Dusty day: Fierce rain, winds kill 17, injure several across K-P

Traffic navigating in difficult conditions caused by the duststorm in Peshawar. PHOTO: PPI

PESHAWAR / ISLAMABAD / SHERGARH / SHABQADAR / MARDAN / NOWSHERA / SWAT / GILGIT / CHARSADDA: At least 17 people, including  seven minors, were killed and several others were injured in separate incidents as heavy winds followed by rainstorms hit Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday.

Strong winds blowing at 75 kilometres per hour caused heavy destruction across the province, inflicting losses to livestock and property.

Walls and roofs collapsed killing two minors in Lady Sarak Charsadda Road. Similarly, a child, identified as Sher Ali, was killed in Naugaman, Daudzai.

Three bodies were also brought to a hospital in Takht Bhai, Shergarh where an emergency was declared. They were identified as Hikmat Khan, a resident of Qudratabad, Saleh Gul, a resident of Moi Bhanda and a minor girl whose identity could not be ascertained.

A house on Harichand Road collapsed on three passenger vans, injuring 30 people. The wounded were taken to the tehsil Headquarters Hospital. In Hathian, a house collapsed injuring two teenagers and a wall fell on a car in Maikh Kohi injuring three others.

A woman was killed and a minor was injured when a wall collapsed storms in Risalpur, Nowshera.

Chaman was on her way home with her granddaughter when a wall fell as a result of heavy winds.

In Shabqadar, heavy downpour killed two persons in separate incidents in Mian Kallay and Rawal Kor.

According to an official of the agency’s political administration, Ahmad Ali was sitting against a wall in an attempt to shield himself from the storm when the wall collapsed, killing him on the spot.

Twelve-year-old Amreen was killed when a wall in Panjigram Village, Mingora, collapsed. In Amankot, seven people were injured where another wall fell while three others were injured in Shagai, Qambar and in Gogdara.

A teenager was killed while another sustained severe injuries after a wall collapsed in Yadgar Mohallah, the capital city of Gilgit. “Two boys, between the ages of 14 and 16, were playing when the roof collapsed due to the storm,” said Maysoor, a resident. One of them died on the spot while the condition of the other is critical, he added.

In Lower Dir, a house in Qadafi Village collapsed. Muhammad Shoaib was severely injured as a result and seven buffaloes tied near one of the walls of the house were killed.

In Katlang, four houses turned to ash when fire erupted due to storms in the area. However, no loss was reported. Three people were killed in Peshawar, three in Shergarh, one in Risalpur, two in Shabqadar, one in Mingora and one in Gilgit.

Six people were killed in Charsadda as a result of the harsh weather. Alamzeb was killed in Daryab Korona, Ali was killed in Umerzai Sabir when a tree fell on him, in Sheikhan Bari a wall fell causing the death of a minor and injured two others.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Met Office Director in Peshawar Mushtaq AlI Shah said the dust storm continued for an hour. “The temperature has dropped to 24 degrees Celsius in Peshawar,” he added.

Indus Highway remains blocked on third day

The main Indus Highway remained blocked for the third day leaving hundreds stranded in vehicles after landslides near Speena Morh on Thursday.

Muhammad Ghani, an official of the Bhanda Daud Shah police, said they had informed the district government and National Highway Authority to clear the highway but no one had showed up. On Sunday morning, he and residents of the area gathered to clear a side of the road to allow vehicles to pass.

Difficult conditions in twin cities

Dust storm and gusty winds hit the twin cities on Sunday evening. Strong winds created a dust storm which made conditions difficult for motorists on city roads.

The Met Office said that a shallow westerly trough was expected to affect upper parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining areas from Monday.

It said that further gusty winds were expected in Islamabad and Rawalpindi during the next 24 hours.

The weather will remain hot and dry in most parts of country during the next 24 hours, the Met office said.

The maximum recorded temperature in Islamabad was 39° Celsius, while in Rawalpindi it was 40° Celsius.

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Pre-monsoon rains inundate India

The pre-monsoon heat is now building rapidly across South Asia ahead of the pending summer rains. As those temperatures continue to creep up we are now seeing our first wave of floods developing over parts of the region.

The hottest weather so far has been recorded over the central and northern Plains of India. Temperatures here are around five degrees above average. On Sunday a high of 46.3 Celsius was recorded at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Conversely, temperatures are below average in northeastern India, with highs around eight degrees below average over West Bengal and Sikkim. That is because these parts of India along with much of Bangladesh have been shrouded by thunder clouds recently.

Days of incessant, heavy rainfall have swollen the Brahmaputra River flooding parts of the Majuli river island in Jorhat, which is Assam state’s second largest city. Floodwaters have breached a dyke here and submerged 350 hectares of farmland in the process.

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These floods have come earlier than in the past few years and there has already been a loss of crops as the waters continue to rise. On Sunday, the heaviest rainfall recorded was in Agartala, the capital of the state of Tripura and second largest city in North-east India after Guwahati.

In Agartala we saw 89mm of rain in 24 hours. The city lies on the bank of Haora River and is located 2 km from Bangladesh. Further south, on the other side of the Ganges, Cox’s Bazar had 72mm of rain.

The offending area of low pressure responsible for the rain looks set to stay in place for much of this coming week. Further flooding looks inevitable.

The pre-monsoon heat is now building rapidly across South Asia ahead of the pending summer rains. As those temperatures continue to creep up we are now seeing our first wave of floods developing over parts of the region.

The hottest weather so far has been recorded over the central and northern Plains of India. Temperatures here are around five degrees above average. very a high temperature  of 49.3 Celsius was recorded at AndhraPardesh.

Conversely, temperatures are below average in northeastern India, with highs around eight degrees below average over West Bengal and Sikkim. That is because these parts of India along with much of Bangladesh have been shrouded by thunder clouds recently.

Days of incessant, heavy rainfall have swollen the Brahmaputra River flooding parts of the Majuli river island in Jorhat, which is Assam state’s second largest city. Floodwaters have breached a dyke here and submerged 350 hectares of farmland in the process.

These floods have come earlier than in the past few years and there has already been a loss of crops as the waters continue to rise. On Sunday, the heaviest rainfall recorded was in Agartala, the capital of the state of Tripura and second largest city in North-east India after Guwahati.

In Agartala we saw 89mm of rain in 24 hours. The city lies on the bank of Haora River and is located 2 km from Bangladesh. Further south, on the other side of the Ganges, Cox’s Bazar had 72mm of rain.

The offending area of low pressure responsible for the rain looks set to stay in place for much of this coming week. Further flooding looks inevitable.

Heat wave continues across India, 524 dead in Andhra Pradesh

There will be no repsite from the intense heat wave today, says Met office, as temperatures remained above normal in most parts of the country on Tuesday.

According to the Andhra Pradesh’s Department of Disaster Management, 524 people have died of sunstroke since April 1 across the state.

After a cloudy and windy Monday, it was back to being scorching hot in the national capital yesterday as the maximum temperature settled three notches above average at 43 degrees Celsius. The Met office has forecast similar weather today.

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“The heat wave will continue tomorrow (Wednesday) the skies will be sunny,” an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 43 and 28 degrees respectively. Tuesday’s minimum temperature was 29 degrees Celsius, two notches above average for this time of the season.

Monday’s maximum temperature in Delhi was 42.6 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal, while the minimum settled at 30.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above average.

Heat wave conditions continued to prevail in the desert state of Rajasthan with the mercury hovering between 40 to 45 degrees celsius.

Churu at 45.2 degrees Celsius was the hottest in the state. Sri Ganganagar was close at 44.4 degrees celsius.

State capital Jaipur was scorching at 41.9 degrees and the minimum temperature was at 32.4 degrees Celsius, almost five degrees above normal. Bikaner was also hot at 41.9 degrees Celsius.

The intense heat condition continued in Uttar Pradesh with the mercury soaring to 45 degrees Celsius in some parts of the state.

Most people stayed indoors as humidity and long hours of power outages and cuts added to people’s woes.

Etawah remained the hottest place in Uttar Pradesh at 46.2 degrees Celsius, four degrees above the normal temperature for this time of the season. Banda recorded 45.2 degrees Celsius, Hamirpur 45.2 degrees, Agra 43.3 degrees, and Allahabad 45.5 degrees, making these the hottest cities in the state.

The temperature in Lucknow hovered around 44 degrees Celsius, a meteorological department official told IANS.

There was no likelihood of any respite from the heat nor any chances of rain in Uttar Pradesh, the official added.

Rainfall in parts of Andhra Pradesh provided much-needed relief to people from the intense heat that has kept the southern plateau sizzling for weeks and claimed over 500 lives.

Several parts of Srikakulam district in north coastal Andhra Pradesh and some parts of East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur and other districts of south coastal Andhra received rains yesterday.

The sky remained cloudy in most parts of Telangana and Rayalaseema regions, officials said. Rains or thundershowers are likely in a few places in the state during the next 24 hours

Severe heat wave in Sindh

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Severe heat wave accompanied by load shedding has gripped several cities of interior Sindh, including Larkana, Nawabshah and Sukkur, and the temperature has been recorded at 47 degrees centigrade in the cities of the province.
Other areas of the province that suffered from heatwave included Rohri, Saleh Pat, Pano Aqil, Jacobabad, Jamshoro, Tando Mohammad Khan, Matiari and other cities.
Meanwhile, the people were compelled to stay at home, while the number of students in schools and colleges across the province had also declined considerably. Further, patients in the hospitals were also facing difficulties due to heatwave accompanied by load shedding.
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After the rise of mercury, the sale of ice and cold drinks saw a rise in the province as citizens started looking for alternatives to keep their temperature down.

Cyclone bears down on Bay of Bengal

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Cyclone Mahasen has begun crossing Bangladesh’s southern coast, as people packed into evacuation shelters.

The storm hit Patuakhali district on Thursday with winds of up to 100 kph (60 mph), and was heading for the ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar.

One person has been reported dead, Bangladeshi officials say.

Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate low-lying areas in Bangladesh and Burma, and take shelter in cyclone centres.

However, some displaced people in Burma have resisted calls for them to evacuate camps in Rakhine state.

The United Nations has warned that 8.2m people could be at risk from Mahasen in Bangladesh, Burma and north-east India.

Cyclone Mahasen: Bangladesh orders coastal evacuation

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Hundreds of thousands of people are being evacuated from coastal areas of Bangladesh threatened by Cyclone Mahasen.

The Bangladeshi authorities have raised the danger level to seven out of 10 for low-lying areas around Chittagong and the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar.

The cyclone, heading north-east through the Bay of Bengal, is estimated to reach land on Thursday.

Burma is also threatened and evacuation efforts are under way there.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in camps in low-lying areas of Burma’s Rakhine state are feared to be at risk.

They were displaced by ethnic violence last year and many are reluctant to move from the camps.

Hla Maung said he lost his mother and two young daughters during the clashes between Muslims and Buddhists.

“I lost everything … I don’t want to go anywhere. I’ll stay here. If I die, I want to die here,” he said.

The country’s National Planning Minister, Tin Naing Thein, said more than 150,000 people had been relocated to higher ground. The government said a fifth of those were Rohingyas.

‘Life-threatening’

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department said the storm could create a surge 2m high in coastal districts and residents are being urged to make for cyclone shelters.

The airport in Cox’s Bazar has closed and Chittagong airport is to shut over the next few hours.

The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Cyclone Mahasen appeared to have weakened to a Category One storm.

But the UN still described it as “life-threatening” for 8.2 million people in Bangladesh, Burma and north-east India.

At least 50 Rohingya Muslims were feared drowned on Tuesday when boats evacuating them from the path of the cyclone capsized off western Burma.

More than 100,000 people died in 2008 when Cyclone Nargis devastated many of Burma’s coastal villages.

Map showing path of Cyclone Mahasen

High Chances Of BOB will Birth Cyclone..

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THE AREA OF CONVECTION PREVIOUSLY LOCATED NEAR 4.0S 86.7E,
IS NOW LOCATED NEAR 4.3S 86.5E, APPROXIMATELY 850 NM EAST-NORTHEAST
OF DIEGO GARCIA. ANIMATED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS AN
ELONGATED AND CONSOLIDATING LOW-LEVEL CIRCULATION CENTER (LLCC) WITH
FORMATIVE CONVECTIVE BANDING. A 061507Z AMSU-B IMAGE SHOWS A BROAD
LLCC WITH FRAGMENTED CONVECTIVE BANDING. UPPER-LEVEL ANALYSIS REVEALS
A MARGINAL ENVIRONMENT WITH MODERATE TO STRONG (20-30 KNOTS)
NORTHERLY VERTICAL WIND SHEAR OFFSET BY GOOD DIFFLUENCE ALOFT. THE
DYNAMIC MODELS CONTINUE TO SHOW CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT
TWO DAYS. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED SURFACE WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT 20 TO 25
KNOTS. MINIMUM SEA LEVEL PRESSURE IS ESTIMATED TO BE NEAR 1004 MB.
THE POTENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE
WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS REMAINS MEDIUM.

Rain Thunderstorm with Hail Hits Karachi -22-April-2013

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The rainfall was started in Karachi at around 12:00 pm (P.S.T) with cool winds and lightning with Loud Thunder sound. Many areas of Karachi was witnessed of heavy rain including Clifton,Defence,Saddar,Shara-e-Faisal,Gulshan-e-Iqbal,Malir,Nazimabad,North Nazimabad,North Karachi,F-B Area,F-C Area,weather of Karachi turned very pleasant after Karachi received rainfall.Karachi city received 41 mm of rainfall.