Thursday, December 29, 2011

Drought feared in Pakistan

The Pakistan Observer: The prolonged dry spell has created a drought like situation in the country affecting the crops especially wheat crop, Chief Meteorologist, Ghulam Rasul said on Wednesday. Talking to APP, he said the variability in weather pattern has increased due to rapid climate change which is seriously impacting the crops and human lives.

Dr. Rasul said, “it is for the first time that the country is experiencing such cold weather conditions and the long spell of below freezing temperatures in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a unique phenomenon.” The dry weather is also causing dust allergy and other viral diseases affecting the health of residents seriously. According to weather report, a shallow westerly wave is affecting northern parts of the country and likely to persist there for next 24-36 hours.

In Punjab, federal capital and Balochistan, very cold and dry weather is expected during next 24 hours. Misty conditions are likely to remain in plain areas of the Punjab including Gunjranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur divisions and Sukkur division in Sindh from mid-night to morning...

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