SUKKUR/ HYDERABAD: The first winter rains of the season in parts of Hyderabad, Nawabshah and Mirpurkhas division began on Friday night and continued intermittently through Saturday evening. According to the meteorological department, the most rainfall was recorded in Dadu district, which received 15 millimetres of rain by Saturday.
The met department recorded 3mm of rain in Thatta and 1mm in Benazirabad. Most of the districts in the three divisions received light rain, which added to the winter chill.
In Hyderabad, the met office at the airport recorded less than 0.5mm of rain. The temperature in Hyderabad dropped to 13.5°C in the afternoon and the forecast was for it to decrease to 10°C on Saturday night.
Thirteen of the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company's (Hesco) 80 feeders in Hyderabad were shut on Saturday due to the rain. Power outages were also reported from 11 other districts in Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Nawabshah divisions which are powered by Hesco, which has a total of 412 feeders.
"We are shutting down the electric supply because of the rain to prevent harm to human lives," said Hesco spokesperson Sadiq Kubar.
The first series of winter showers throughout Upper Sindh caused temperatures to further drop in the region. The rain began on Friday evening and continued intermittently, forcing many people to remain home. Electricity supply was disrupted throughout Upper Sindh as soon as the first drop of rain hit the ground and remaining suspended overnight. It was restored in some areas on Saturday afternoon.
Water accumulated in some low lying areas due to the failure of the drainage system.
After the electric supply disruption, Sukkur Electric Power Company (Sepco) officials switched off their mobile phones.
According to agriculture experts, the winter showers are very good for the standing wheat crop but if its intensity increases it might cause damage to the crops. Secretary-general of the Sindh Abadgar Board Kashmore chapter, GM Khoso told The Express Tribune that the rainfall is very good for canola, mustard, grams and other crops.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2017.
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