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Pakistan: Peshawar Hit by Mini Cyclone (6 May 2016)

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Provincial Disaster Management Authority Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has issued an alert about dust storm and thunderstorm rain in different parts of province on 2nd May 2016. According to the Interpreter of Rescue 1122 Bilal Faizi, At least two children died and one injured when the roof of Salah-u-din house collapse in following heavy rain and thunderstorm in Bhanamari on Tuesday 3rd May 2016. The deceased have been identified as eight-year-old girl Erum and five-year-old Amir. The storm had an intensity of over 50 km/h. Poles, signboards and trees were uprooted by fierce winds blowing at the speed of 50km/hr. Numerous buildings also affected due to the thundering rain. Electricity and communication system throughout the city faced disruption. The meteorological department said the air pressure drop rapidly to minus four millibars and raised alarm.

On April 26, 2015, Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera were hit by an unusual mini-cyclone. The cyclone was followed by torrential rains, hail storm and whirling winds at a speed of 110km/hr. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) declared that it was the third severe storm in the history of Pakistan and first in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Cyclone claimed 47 lives and left hundreds of people injured. The Wahid Garhi village of union council Khazana of Lower Dir district was severely hit by the minicyclone. Besides uprooting poles, signboards trees and orchards, the catastrophic storm also destroyed standing crops, especially the wheat crop which was ready to be harvested, and caused huge damages to housing infrastructure. As one year of the mini-cyclone that caused devastation in Peshawar was completed on 26th April 2016, the affectees are still waiting for the compensation promised by the provincial government.