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Rain in Balochistan, Punjab kills at least 25

10:55 PM | 13 Apr, 2024
Rain in Balochistan, Punjab kills at least 25
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At least 25 individuals lost their lives as lightning struck both Balochistan and Punjab amidst heavy rainfall, authorities reported on Saturday. More downpours are anticipated across the country.

During the intense rain, 16 fatalities occurred in South Punjab and 8 in various regions of Balochistan.

According to officials, eight individuals fell victim to lightning strikes in Surab, Dera Bugti, Pishin, and other Balochistan areas following the entry of westerly waves into the province.

In Surab district's Tanak area, lightning claimed the lives of two youths, Farid Ahmed and Jabir Ahmed, while injuring another person. Elsewhere, one person each succumbed to lightning strikes in Pishin and Dera Bugti districts.

Rahim Yar Khan district witnessed casualties as two children perished in Basti Kalwar, one individual in Thul Hassan, a couple in Basti Khokhran Feroza, a farmer in Khan Bela, and a shepherd in Mari Allah, all due to lightning strikes.

Additional deaths occurred in Khairpur Daha and Chak-113 area of Bahawalpur district, where lightning claimed one life each, along with another fatality in Lodhran involving a woman.

The inclement weather, including rains, thunderstorms, and dusty winds, affected extensive areas of Balochistan and some parts of Punjab. Heavy rainfall in Quetta brought relief from scorching temperatures.

Power outages were widespread in Quetta due to breakdowns in numerous feeders, plunging the city into darkness since the previous afternoon.

Moreover, hailstorms in Washuk, Khuzdar, Surab, Kalat, Mastung, Nushki, Bolan, and Pashin resulted in a drop in temperatures, while Nushki, Kolpur, and Mastung experienced rain accompanied by thunder and lightning.

With intermittent heavy rains in several districts, concerns arise regarding potential flooding in rainwater drains across various regions of Balochistan and Punjab in the next 48 hours.

Addressing the situation, the Balochistan government spokesperson announced directives to all commissioners and deputy commissioners to monitor the unusual weather conditions closely.

Additionally, district disaster management authorities have been placed on alert, and Chief Minister Sardar Sarfaraz Bugti has instructed the removal of encroachments from natural drainage channels to mitigate risks.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 27, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.25 for buying and 280 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.15 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.35.

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.25 280
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.15 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.35 74.1
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Baht THB 7.67 7.82

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