Karachi, the city of lights has always been known for it’s hot and humid weather, but yesterday the people of Karachi were given a complete shift of paradigm as the city was hit with a dust storm accompanied by lightning and slight drizzle of rain. The Western wind system entered Karachi and the interior Sindh via Baluchistan which is unusual as it normally comes in the cold season
The sand storm began late Sunday night and has continued throughout Monday, the Pakistan Meteorological Department had predicted a fresh forecast of rain and thunder storms which came as a sigh of relief for the people of the city as we are usually accustomed to hot humid temperatures throughout the year, especially during the months from May throughout July.
Dr Sardar Sarfaraz of the Pakistan Meteorological Department had this to say:
“Last night’s dust storm was stronger than expected. Winds blew at a speed of 65km/h and reduced the visibility to 500 meters.”
This came as a change for the people of the city and the predictions of rain Monday (today) and Tuesday (tomorrow) breathes fresh air into the hearts of the people, but yesterdays sand storm not only brought change to the environment of the city, it also brought havoc along with it as many parts of the city were badly hit due to the sudden change in weather.
The blustery winds have uprooted many trees and electricity poles throughout the city which resulted in black outs in different parts of the port city , namely Gulshan-e-e-Iqbal, P.E.C.H.S, Landhi, Malir ,Korangi, North Karachi and Garden
Singer Fakahr-e-Alam tweeted about flying furniture near his place due to the strong winds
Shehzad Roy tweeted the damage that was caused to his car due to the sandstorm
There were also numerous reports of casualties reported yesterday due as reported a total of 5 people were killed while a further 86 were injured.
Three to five children were reportedly crushed under the roof a school situated near Tipu Sultan road as it had collapsed due to the strong winds according to rescue sources
Roof collapses have been reported in a madrasah in Lyari’s Chakiwara, a house in Surjani Town, and two schools as well. Additionally, a tree fell on a van transporting prisoner near the old City Courts lockup. Rescue teams have been dispatched to the affected areas.
There were also multiple reports of accident reports that occurred in the Karachi-Quetta highway. A police mobile, five passenger buses, and a truck all flipped over due to the strong winds. All the passenger buses were travelling from Quetta to Karachi.
Many more cases were reported throughout the port city of casualties and injuries as reported by Eidi and other rescue sources
The change in weather was a breath of new air for the city but the aftermath resulted in a wakeup call for the Government officials to prevent such disruptions and casualties to occur again in the near future. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that were affected by this sandstorm.