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8/09/2007

Rain, storms lash Sindh


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Five people were killed and at least 10 others injured after heavy rain and strong winds lashed different parts of Sindh on Wednesday. In Hyderabad, Tando Mohammad Khan and Jamshoro districts, rain continued intermittently late into the night and the meteorological office predicted more moderate to heavy rain for today in Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas divisions. A vast area of Hyderabad suffered electricity breakdown after the rain and windstorm, which uprooted signboards and trees. Electricity wires also fell on roads. The storm badly affected power supply from different feeders, rendering five grid stations inoperative. Low-lying areas in Thatta, Sujawal, Chuhar Jamali, Jati and other towns were inundated after a spell of heavy rain. A gust of wind blew away roofs of several poultry farms and thatched houses. Power supply to many areas was disrupted. In the coastal towns of Shah Bunder, Keti Bunder and Jati, rain fell continually the whole day and flood water submerged settlements. About 2,000 fishermen were out in the deep sea for fishing and the administration had not been unable to establish contacts with t
hem. On the Hyderabad-Thatta National Highway, dozens of vehicles were stranded as rainwater rendered a portion of the road near Chhatto Chand impassable. Heavy rain, accompanied by dust storm, lashed Badin and other towns of the district. The 30-minute spell inundated low-lying areas and caused disruption in power supply. Two people were killed when lightning struck a neighbourhood in Tando Bago. The district administration advised fishermen not to venture into the sea. A monsoon weather system over India has started influencing Sindh. The department forecast that the system would reach the north-eastern Arabian Sea by this evening. The system will bring widespread rain, dust storm and thunderstorm to Sindh, especially in the south and the coastal areas, including Karachi, tosday and Friday. Heavy rain is also likely in southern Balochistan, especially along the coastal areas, on Friday and Saturday.

FLOODS/TORRENTIAL RAINS
SUDAN - authorities have said forecasts show the level of the Blue Nile River will continue to rise and the situation remains critical in many of the country's states after weeks of torrential rains and flooding that have left more than 70 people dead. The level of the river, which runs through eastern and southeastern Sudan, has been rising steadily over the past weeks, forcing hundreds of families living along its path to abandon their homes. "We expect more floods because of continuing heavy rains on the Ethiopian plateau." The rains from the Ethiopian plateau feed the Blue Nile and the River Gash, which has already burst its banks, submerging nearby villages, sweeping away roads and isolating towns. More than a dozen of Sudan's 26 states have been affected by the floods, including those in the south. The floods have destroyed at least 30,000 houses, directly affecting more than 365,000 people. "If current flooding patterns continue unabated, the situation will deteriorate considerably." The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has said the floods could affect 2.4 million people across 16 states.
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