ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam Sunday said that the government was devising a plan to plant 10 billion trees across the country by following the successful ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ project of PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) during its last tenure.
Talking to a news channel, he said that the government would make the tree plantation campaign successful by mobilizing the youth.
He said that after the 18th amendment, the federal government has to make collaboration with provincial governments for forestry campaign. The previous government had devised a framework in this regard and planted 100 million trees with a cost of Rs.36 per sapling which was much higher than the cost of KPK government’s cost of Rs.12 per sapling.
The advisor said the nation has the ability to do anything with determination if it becomes aware properly on any issue, adding that now the youth has made tree plantation as a cause.
The nation had planted 2.5 million saplings during one day ‘Plant for Pakistan’ campaign against the set target of 1.5 million, he mentioned.
Amin Aslam said that forests have an unprecedented role in the overall environmental development and climate resilience against disasters.
The government would make all-out efforts along with provinces to resolve environmental and water issues, he maintained.
Karachiites bear scorching heat with 63% humidity!
KARACHI: Weather persisted to be hot in the city today with temperature ranging between 35 degree C to 36 degree C and humidity reaching 65%.
According to the weather report issued by Pakistan Meteorological Department 10% precipitation was also recorded in the metropolis under intense sunny conditions.
Met forecasts hot and dry weather!
ISLAMABAD: Hot and dry weather is expected in many parts of the country. According to the synoptic situations seasonal low lies over north Balochistan. A westerly wave was affecting upper parts of the country and may persist in upper and central parts till Monday.
Dust-thundershower/rain with gusty winds have been forecasted at scattered places in KPK, Kashmir, G-B, and at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, D.G.Khan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Mirpurkhas, Kalat, Zhob divisions and Islamabad. The weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, dust-thundershower/rain with gusty winds occurred at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Bannu, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, D.G.Khan, Zhob divisions, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir.
Following Rainfalls were recorded in millimeters during Last 24 hrs: Punjab: Faisalabad 24, Kasur 17, Noorpurthal 11, Murree 07, T.T.Singh, Sargodha 06, Mangla 03, Joharabad 01, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Balakot 18, Dir 11, Malamjabba, Kakul 04, Bannu 02, Kashmir: Kotli 17, Garidupatta 16, Muzaffarabad (AP 16, City 08), Rawalakot 05, Balochistan: Zhob 11, Gilgit Baltistan: Astore 03. Today’s Highest Maximum Temperatures were recorded as follow: Sibbi 48°C, Jaccobabad, Rohri 46° C, Islamabad 36C, Peshawar 37C, Lahore 40C.
5.3 quake shakes southwest China
HONG KONG: A shallow 5.3 earthquake shook China’s southwest Sichuan Province on Saturday, less than a week after a larger quake in the same region killed 13 and left dozens injured.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake that occurred at about 10.30pm (0230 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.
It hit about 18 kilometers east of the town of Xunchang and 43 kilometers southeast of Yibin city, which has a population of some 250,000 people, USGS said.
An earthquake near Yibin struck on Monday, forcing more than 8,000 people to relocate as a large number of structures were damaged or collapsed.
State TV showed rescuers dragging survivors to safety from the rubble, while cracks appeared in several roads and a major highway was closed.
Earthquakes regularly strike Sichuan, where a powerful 7.9-magnitude quake left 87,000 people dead or missing in 2008.
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