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Dust storm and light rain hit parts of Sindh, 5 die in Karachi

KARACHI: Parts of the Province of Sindh, that had been under the influence of the first cyclone of the year Tauktae, was lashed by dust storm and light rain on evening of Tuesday 18th of May.

Five people lost their lives, and many got injured in different accidents when suddenly at about 5PM dark clouds covered the Port City and gusty winds shook the trees, billboards and facades of batiments.  Despite orders from the CM the concerned administration did not remove billboards from the arteries of the Metropolis.  At least one man got injured when a billboard fell on him from a private mall on Rashid Minhas Road. Massive glass facade of United Bank Limited located on the I. I. Chundrigar Road also fell on the road.

A child lost his life when a wall crushed him in Sher Shah area. In Baldia Gulshan-e-Ghazi falling roof claimed another life.  Four people also got injured due to falling structures in Baldia Town. Rooftops of many houses located in the katchi abadis were also seen flying away. In the Gulshan-e-Maymar area many trees were uprooted due to storm while many PMTs also fell down in different areas of the Metropolis.

KE, that has warned people to be careful and keep away from fallen (live) wires, failed to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity. Instead of ameliorating  its performance KE has blamed the citoyens, using kundaz to steal power, for the shortage of power. Many areas of Karachi are experiencing outages. Though it rained only for a few minutes, water got accumulated on a large number of roads causing massive traffic jams. Citoyens, who were suffering from outages and intense heat since Monday (when the mercury shot up to 43.5 degrees Celsius), welcomed the rain that had drastically reduced the scorching heat.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.