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Intense dust storm hits Karachi as deadly storms sweep through Pakistan


At least 25 people have been killed after severe storms swept through parts of Pakistan on April 14 and 15, 2019. An intense dust storm swept through Karachi (population 14.9 million) and surrounding areas, claiming lives of at least 5 people and injuring 36. 

At least three people were killed after a landslide hit Danin area in the outskirts of Pakistan's Chitral district early Monday morning, April 15, 2019. According to local police, the incident occurred in populous Danin village after a big portion of a mountain buried their house at around 05:45 local time.

Four people, including 3 minors, died over the weekend after a car they were in was swept away in Balochistan's Pishin.

The worst of the storm took place in Karachi on Sunday night, April 14 into April 15 when an intense dust storm hit the city. The wind was so strong it ripped off tin walls and downed trees and power poles, cutting off electricity in some areas.

Near-zero visibility caused traffic chaos and traffic accidents. Numerous flights were canceled or delayed at Jinnah International Airport.

The storm in Karachi left 5 people dead and 36 injured.


As of 08:00 UTC on April 16, the death toll has reached 25 people.

In Karachi area (Sindh Province, southeastern Pakistan), 5 people were reported dead, 58 injured and four missing due to dust storm-related incidents. Several power outages and numerous flight delays (in Jinnah International Airport) were reported.

In Punjab Province (eastern Pakistan), 9 people were reported dead due to thunderstorm-related incidents.

In Balochistan Province (central-southern Pakistan), 4 people were reported dead due to floods. In Danin village (Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, north-western Pakistan), 3 people were reported dead due to a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall.

Featured image: Dust storm hits Karachi, Pakistan on April 15, 2019


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