For some rain brings joy and prosperity but for the residents of Upper Sindh it always brings long power outages and accumulation of rain and sewage water on the roads.
On Friday afternoon, a heavy dust storm coupled with torrential rain hit Kashmore and Kandhkot and some parts of Ghotki, while other parts of Upper Sindh, including Sukkur, Pano Akil, Salehpat and Ali Wahan Rohri, experienced strong dusty winds.
A dust storm hit Kashmore and its surrounding areas in the afternoon, suspending power supply to most of the areas. No untoward incident was reported from any part of Kashmore and Kandhkot district and agriculture experts are terming this rainfall as a blessing for the paddy crop, which had so far been suffering due to the shortage of water in the area.
The power supply to some of the areas was restored around midnight but it is yet to be restored in other parts.
The power supply in Ghotki failed soon after the dust storm and remained suspended overnight in urban areas, while rural areas are still without electricity. Rain water, along with sewage water, accumulated on most of the roads and streets, and also entered houses in some of the low-lying areas.
In Sukkur, the dust storm hit at about 5pm on Friday and resulted in a long power outage. Power supply to some of the feeders of the city centre remained suspended till early morning on Saturday.
The Rohri division executive engineer operation Mir Shaikh told The Express Tribune that some conductors have snapped and fallen because of which power supply to some feeders has been suspended.
On the other hand, a 50-feet-wide breach also occurred in Noor Wah, near the Ali Nawaz Panhwar village in Jacobabad, inundating over 200 acres of nearby paddy crop. Before the rains, the breach had been 20-feet-wide and the villagers had informed the irrigation officials, who failed to take action on time and had to try and repair the breach after it widened. However, it was not plugged till the filing of this report.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2014.