Atleast three killed, 86 injured as dust storm hits Karachi

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KARACHI (ENN) At least three people were killed and 86 others injured as an intense dust storm hit the metropolis on Sunday night and continued Monday morning, dispersing sand around the city, downing trees and blowing away roofs in some areas.

Incidents of wall and roof collapses were reported in Korangi, Landhi, Malir, Lyari, PECHS, Peoples Chowrangi and Surjani Town.

Jinnah Hospital officials said three bodies and 47 injured were brought to the hospital. While, Civil Hospital officials said that 39 injured were brought to the hospital.

A man died as a tree fell on him near Peoples Chowrangi, while two children were killed in separate incidents. Five students were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital as the roof of their school located on Tipu Sultan Road collapsed, rescue sources said.

The imam of a mosque at fish harbour was injured as the mosque’s makeshift roof collapsed, sources said. Two people were injured in Landhi No 3 as a part of a wall of their house collapsed, rescue sources said.

In Sarjani Town No 7, two people were injured as the roof of their house collapsed, rescue sources said.

At least eight fishermen are missing after their boat overturned near Rehri Goth.

The sudden dust storm came with howling gales and hampered visibility on numerous major roads. The wind was so strong that it ripped off tin walls and knocked out power cables in some localities, cutting off electricity.

Strong winds with dust continued to gush here on Monday morning with light rain in some areas, including Orangi Town and II Chundrigar Road.

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