Dust-storm uproots trees, poles, disrupts power supply in Karachi


KARACHI: A fierce dust-storm accompanied by strong winds lashed Karachi on Sunday night, bringing down trees and power poles in different areas of the metropolis, ARY News reported.

As per details, K-Electric’s high-tension power transmission line tripped, suspending electricity supply to the linked grid stations. As a result, many areas, including North Nazimabad, New Karachi, Sarjani Town, and Nusrat Bhutto Colony, plunged into darkness.

Shah Faisal Colony, Azizabad, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and other areas also faced power blackout after the strong winds began sweeping across the city.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted rains along with dust and thunderstorm in the city today (Monday).

The dust storm hit Saddar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Hassan Square, SITE Area, Gulistan-e-Johar, Malir, Landhi, Airport, Shahrae Faisal, Abul Hassan Isphani Road, NIPA, Liaquatabad, Jail Road, Tariq Road, Guru Mandir and other areas of the city on Sunday night.

The flight operation was also affected as the storm reduced visibility.

The weather department said widespread rain and dust storm accompanied by gusty winds is expected  in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and scattered places in Punjab. Few moderate to isolated heavy falls are also expected in Makran, Quetta, Kalat, Zhob divisions. Dust-Thunderstorm/rain is expected at isolated places in Islamabad ,Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Karachi, Hyderabad , Thatta ,Badin and Mirpurkhas  divisions.

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