Karachi blasted by deadly wind storm

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Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi was hit by a sudden sandstorm that killed at least three people with strong winds bringing down trees, power outages, and flights reportedly delayed.

Visibility dropped to 500 metres or below overnight and although things improved after dawn on Monday, the wind kept blowing under a cloudy sky. Several buildings were severely damaged.

Karachi was not alone, the weather system stretched right through Pakistan, bringing dust, wind and welcome rain to many. Barkhan in Balochistan received its average April rainfall in two days.

A bonus of this weather was the reduction in temperatures. In Sindh province, Chhor had been creeping beyond 42 degrees Celsius but Monday saw a limit of 38C.

The cause was an active frontal system that had already brought significant rain to Qatar on Saturday, four days of thundery rain to the United Arab Emirates, and desert flooding to Oman on Sunday.

The mother of the system, the area of low pressure, was over first Iran and then Afghanistan.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies


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