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Dust storm sweeps across Karachi, causing multiple casualties

Dust storm along with strong winds continue to sweep across the city of Karachi from Sunday night, resulting in multiple casualties.

The severe weather conditions have claimed 3 lives and multiple people are reportedly injured due to various accidents of roof collapsing and trees uprooting in various parts of Karachi. Rescue teams are reported to be busy in clearing roads from uprooted trees, and fallen poles.

Several flights are also reported to be delayed due to reduced visibility caused by the dust storm.

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The weather system is likely to intensify and grip most parts of the province of Sindh. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, there is a forecast of rains along with dust and thunderstorm for Karachi on Monday and Tuesday.

The current storm is caused by a low-pressure system, resulting in dropped temperatures, providing citizens with some relief from the scorching heat.

The director of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), 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 metres.”

He further added, “A western wind system is present in the city and winds are expected to blow at high speeds today as well. The western wind system will leave from the city by tomorrow evening.”
“Moderate rain with thunder is expected tonight and tomorrow morning in Karachi,” he said.

Saman Siddiqui

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