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Cyclone alert has been issued for Karachi, Pakistan

Met office issues cyclone alert for Karachi
The Meteorological department has issued a cyclone alert after spotting development of a low pressure in Arabian Sea.
The Met office on Thursday said the low air pressure is forming 1600 kilometer south of Karachi, and an advisory might be issued during the next 24 hours in case it grow into a cyclone.
“Cyclone Warning Centre (Karachi) of Pakistan Meteorological Department is monitoring the local and regional meteorological conditions regularly,” said a statement issued by the Met office.
It said the low pressure system would be named “Ashobaa” if it develops into a cyclone. The Met office said Karachi was not likely to receive rain tonight.
The higher the low-pressure in the system, the greater are the chances of its growing into a tropical cyclone, it said.
Courtesy of geo.tv

Mega Heatwave Kills More Than 500 People In India

Heatwave Alert

The death toll from a heatwave in India rises to more than 500 people as weather forecasters warn of a “severe heatwave” ahead. 
In the capital city of New Delhi, a high of 44 C (111.2F) was recorded with zero precipitation, low humidity and little wind, while in Allahabad, another city in the north, the mercury touched 47.7 C (117.8F) on Sunday with zero precipitation, low humidity and slight wind, according to local sources.
Most of the recorded deaths from the present heatwave are attributed to severe dehydration and heatstroke.
India’s Meteorological Department has sounded the alarm for several states for the rest of the month, advising the citizens to drink plenty of water to be well hydrated.
“It is hot. It will stay hot. People must stay inside and drink lots of water,” Devendra Sharma, an official at the Indian meteorological office said.
Meteorological office director, BK Yadav, attributed the heat in north India to a continuing heatwave from neighboring Pakistan, saying, “The temperature there is 50 degrees and the heat wave is coming from there.”
The department has warned that the heatwave condition will continue for days in large swathes of northern and southern India.
Courtesy of presstv.ir

Major Snow Storm ‘Yohan’ Batters Lebanon

Storm Alert

Tuesday night into Wednesday, with rain, snow and gale-force winds causing massive disruption to the country’s roads and services.
The Meteorological Department at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport said that the temperature would continue to drop Wednesday, with wind speed reaching up to 100 km/hour.
In a statement released Wednesday, Civil Defense announced that waves reached eight meters high along the coast and that heavy snow fell above 1000 meters in Lebanon’s mountainous regions Tuesday night.
The state-run National News Agency reported that the snow in some areas was colored red because of dust and sand carried with the heavy winds.
Civil Defense urged citizens to exercise caution and restrict their use of transportation, stressing that all members of Lebanon’s Civil Defense were on full alert.
The storm inflicted unprecedented physical damage to the country’s coastal roads, washing away metal barriers and ripping up pavement.
The Internal Security Forces’ Traffic Management Center announced massive traffic disruptions Wednesday stemming from the storm.
The vital Dahr al-Baidar roadway, also known as the Damascus Highway, was closed due to massive snowfall.
The Nahr al-Kalb Highway from Jounieh to Beirut was experiencing heavy traffic jams due to flooding and physical damage from the storm, while the coastal road linking Dbayyeh to Beirut was closed due to damage from crashing waves.
Pictures of Al-Manara coastal road in Ras Beirut showed severe damage caused by waves to the Corniche’s handrails and cobbled sidewalk.
The road linking Beirut to the southern suburb of Ouzai was also damaged due to the storm swell.
TMC also announced that the roads linking Zahle to Tarshishl, Ainata to Cedars, Laqlouq to Aqoura and Kfardebian to Hadath Baalbek were all shut by the snow.
The treacherous driving conditions also caused several traffic accidents around the country.
Three were injured in a car accident on Maarouf Saad Boulevard in the southern city of Sidon, while another was injured in a crash on the eastern side of the Dora highway.
In Beirut, strong winds paralyzed many of the capital’s streets, with traces of the muddy rains brought from North Africa clear on cars.
The capital’s residents also experienced frequent cuts in electricity and internet services.
Strong winds and high waves (seven meters) damaged the machinery at Sidon’s port and forced the closure of the facility.
Imported cars that had been discharged from ships were parked on the quay, although tradesmen were wary that the waves might wash them away or damage them after a bulldozer was dragged into the sea by heavy waves in the southern city’s commercial basin.
The incident sparked alarm from the owners of construction cranes who refused to lift the bulldozer out, fearing that waves would wash away their machinery as well.
Schools in several Metn villages were closed for the day due to the storm.
In Koura, heavy winds uprooted trees and caused power cuts and internet outages.
In Tyre, heavy wind also uprooted trees and hauled off advertisement posters.
The storm caused severe damage to crops and led to power outages in most of the villages and towns in the southern district.
In Tyre’s port, fishermen, fearing that they would be dragged out to sea, had to anchor their boats after waves reached 3 meters high.
In the Bekaa Valley, winds reached 100 km per hour, uprooting trees and hauling off advertisements. Weather conditions also led to power outages and damage to makeshift plastic houses. Areas of the valley also witnessed snow fall.
Meanwhile, a civil defense rescue center stationed in the port of Jounieh was heavily damaged by the storm. Four other boats sank as a result of crashing waves.
Kesrouan’s Qaimaqam Joseph Mansour and head of the fishermen’s syndicate Malek Tayeh inspected the damages inflicted on Jounieh’s port and called on the department of maritime transportation to pay compensation to the fishermen.
Media reports said the telecommunications network in Hasbayya stopped operating due to the storm. The reports added that the weather also caused severe damage to olive trees and other vegetation.
The Airport’s Meteorological Department predicted an insignificant improvement in weather conditions for Thursday. The weather will continue to be cloudy with strong winds but with lower wave heights. There would also be a slight decrease in temperature and in snow fall, which will affect areas 900 meters above sea level.
Courtesy of Albawaba News

Landslide & Heavy Rain Kills 5 In Uttarakhand, India

Severe Weather Alert

Five people were killed in a landslide in Uttarakhand and the meteorological department Monday warned of another round of incessant downpour within 48 hours. Heavy rain pounded the state 10 days back. Officials have been asked to be “extra vigilant” in areas adjacent to rivers, many of which are in spate owing to the heavy rain that lashed the state July 16-17. A massive landslide in Pangla of the Dharchula area Sunday killed five of a family.

Severe flooding devastates 1000’s in Sri Lanka

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More rains to come warns Met Dept ; people in vulnerable areas asked to be vigilant
Several areas in the upcountry have been hit by floods, a rare occurrence according to the Meteorological Department. More than 2,000 people have been affected, Disaster management Centre officials said yesterday.

In total 382 people were relocated in Nuwara Eliya and Kandy districts. Persons in Nuwara Eliya were temporary relocated at Tonbil Tamil Vidyalaya and Christmas Farmwatta while those in Kandy were given shelter at the Nawalapitiya Madya Maha Vidyalaya, Karahadungala Mosque, Kandapitiya Mosque and Nawalapitiya West Community Center.

According to the Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat officials people in high risk areas will also be evacuated if the rains continue.
In addition during this week over 1500 people were affected by floods, landslides and high winds in Ratnapura District. By Friday night nearly 500 were displaced.

Over 60 houses were damaged in the three districts, up to yesterday.

Trains heading from Colombo to Badulla and Badulla to Colombo were suspended due to an earth slip. The Railway Control Room said they would keep a watch for such risks this week.

Following several days of torrential rains last week in the areas of Ratnapura, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, 26 deaths were reported and over 100,000 people were affected. The Meteorological Department warned that the pattern would continue for several days.

“What we are experiencing now are the monsoonal winds which are fairly strong in the Central and Sabaragamuwa regions. In addition South Western coastal areas such as Galle and Matara would experience strong winds and rains,” Meteorological Department Director L. Chandrapala said.

He said Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Ratnapura and Kegalle areas would experience frequent showers.

This week’s rains in the Elapatha, Kiriella and Ayagama areas in Ratnapura District that resulted in floods and landslides saw around 500 people being evacuated to temporary shelters in safer areas. The Army and Navy were also on standby in case of any emergency situation.
“What we mean by floods in Ratnapura is when the Kalu Ganga records a water level of over six metres. This week we had two situations with minor floods of 6.7 metres and 6.2 metres. We informed residents who would be affected to evacuate,” Ratnapura District Secretariat Sunil Kannangara said.
He said 16 of the 17 DS divisions were vulnerable to floods or landslides. Last week around 20,000 people were evacuated to temporary shelters, and dry rations and cooked food were provided to those affected.
In addition a bridge on the Rakwana- Deniyaya Road collapsed on Thursday (12). Though no injuries were reported traffic came to a standstill until vehicles were asked to take an alternative route.
“Rain may have played a part in this incident as the bridge was old. It is fortunate that no one was injured,” Mr. Kannangara said.
Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has warned residents in affected areas to be vigilant of landslides, floods and other mishaps that could arise. A senior scientist at NBRO, Kumari Weerasinghe said if rains continue in these areas the people will have to be moved to safer areas.

“We have warned all concerned parties. The Kegalle Kandurata Vidyalaya was closed on Friday after we alerted the authorities of the possible risks owing to the continual rains. We will continue to observe and warn people to minimize any harm to life and property,” she said.

Meanwhile the sluice gates were opened in reservoirs including the Upper Kotmale and Laxapana. The Disaster Management Center (DMC) Deputy Director (Media) Lal Sarath Kumara said four sluice gates of the Upper Kotmale and three in Laxapana were opened. He said residents were alerted before the gates were opened.

He added that by Friday the flood situation in most parts had normalised but the DMC would keep a watchful eye on the situation.

Stranded families say little help came their way
Desperate families affected by the torrential rains complain that the government had failed to provide them with timely relief.
Villagers of Kudaligama in Bulathsinhala say a majority of them have lost all that they had due to the floods but not all got aid and relief.
“A part of my house was damaged due to a landslide. We were asked to evacuate. No one came to see us or provide relief. We were desperate and had no place to go,” said 43- year old Lakshman Susantha.
He said some of the affected families were provided food but it didn’t reach those in higher areas.
“They simply tell us not to stay but where can we go? Where are the politicians who did not mind the rain during elections times?” he asked.
In the face of little or no government relief some residents had formed groups to help the affected people. M. S. M Hazeem a teacher at Veyangalla Muslim Maha Vidyalaya had joined one of these groups.
“We helped the people in Veyangalla, a village near Agalawatta which was flooded due to the heavy rains last week. There are at least 750 families living in the village,” Mr. Hazeem said.
He said the school’s teachers and the area mosque’s board of trustees, along with an area businessman of the area helped to provide food.
“We did not have enough food and we could only give only two packets of rice to each family. No government official came to their assistance,” he said.
However Kalutara District Secretary U. G. C. Jayalal denied this and said the government was doing all that it could.
“Now the rains have stopped and we are helping families to clean up the areas and rebuild their houses. Dry rations are being provided to affected families,” he said.