Dust storms in India: On Saturday morning, IMD Karachi was caught off guard as a dust storm blew in from west Pakistan, disrupting normal life and reducing visibility to less than or around 500 meters.
A major dust storm is coming towards Gujarat and south Rajasthan, interrupting regular life in Pakistan’s Karachi, and may continue to do so for the next 12 hours, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The weather service, on the other hand, predicts that no influence would be felt over Delhi in the next few days.
On Saturday morning, Karachi was caught off guard as a dust storm from west Pakistan disrupted daily life, reducing visibility to less than or around 500 meters.
“Since Saturday afternoon, dusty winds have been blowing over the Saurashtra shore. The visibility at Dwarka station was 400 meters, while the visibility at Porbandar was less than one kilometer due to a wind speed of more than ten kilometers per hour “According to the IMD.
Dust-laden winds came from south Pakistan and the Arabian Sea toward Kutch and Saurashtra in the evening.
“Dust storms or dust raising winds in association with surface winds at 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph are likely over many places in Saurashtra and Kutch, as well as at isolated locations over adjoining Gujarat region and south Rajasthan,” said IMD senior scientist R.K. Jenamani, adding, “This is valid until Sunday morning for the next 12 hours.”
Fortunately, the dust storm will have little effect on Delhi because the western disturbance will be highly active in northwest India over the next 36 hours.
“It’s (dust area’s) forward part interacts with a high-moisture, strong cloud zone that is now centered over southwest Rajasthan. The dust layer has formed over Saurashtra, which is located to the southwest of Delhi “Jenamani said.
According to the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, a regional institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, more than 500 million people in India and more than 80% of the population of Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Iran are exposed to medium and high lethal sand and dust storms.
According to the research, the three most impacted cities are Lahore, Karachi, and Delhi.
Dust storms can harm agriculture, particularly cotton if they are strong and last for a long period.
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