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Heavy rains kill 164 in Pakistan

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Islamabad, Sep 7: Heavy rains have killed 164 people and injured more than 165 others across Pakistan since the monsoon season began in June, according to weather officials.

Sindh and Punjab provinces were the worst hit with 38 fatalities in each province since the advent of the monsoon season, the country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said in a press release late Wednesday night.

The torrential rains have also left hundreds of people homeless.

NDMA and provincial government teams are carrying out rescue and relief operation in the affected areas.

The NDMA said that they have provided a total of 873 tents, 1,150 food bags to the displaced people so far. The department have also distributed 590 blankets and 1,400 sleeping bags.

It has dispatched three boats to rescue trapped people in Karachi.

Monsoon hits Pakistan every year in June and the season normally ends in September. During this period, the country receives heavy rains which cause severe flooding in many areas.

The NDMA said that more rains are likely to hit Punjab and Sindh over the next 24 hours, but added that the flood situation is under control as all the rivers in the country are flowing at normal levels.

The most destructive floods caused by heavy rains hit the country in 2010 in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh, sweeping away 20 per cent of the land and leaving about 1,540 people dead.

According to a UN report, 557,226 houses were destroyed and over six million people were displaced.

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Heavy rainfall in Andhra, Tamil Nadu this weekend – IMD

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : A low pressure intensifying in the Bay of Bengal is expected to bring a heavy spell of rain to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu by this weekend, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.

“The low-pressure area over central parts of the south Bay of Bengal and adjoining equatorial Indian Oceans is likely to intensify into a deep depression during the next three days, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall in the south coastal Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu,” the IMD said.

With wind speed expected to reach 50-60 km/hour, the IMD has also issued a warning to fishermen to “not venture into the above sea areas”.

According to the Skymet Weather’s forecast, the low-pressure area is tracking in west-northwest direction towards Tamil Nadu coast. “As the system nears, we expect scattered rains to commence over coastal Tamil Nadu including Chennai around December 14,” it said.

By December 17, however, this weather system will move away towards northwest leading to a significant decrease in rain activity.

For the next 48 hours, the IMD has forecast the Chennai skies to be generally cloudy. The maximum temperature will be 31 degrees Celsius and the minimum 24 degrees Celsius.

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Tsunami alert on Pacific islands after 7.5-magnitude earthquake

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Noumea (New Caledonia), Dec 5: A 7.5 magnitude quake hit the coast of the Pacific island of New Caledonia, prompting warnings that tsunami waves of up to three metres can reach New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

The quake struck at a depth of about 10 kilometre at 4.18 GMT, the US Geological Survey reports. The epicentre was recorded as 168km east-south-east of Tadine, a town on France’s New Caledonia.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management though tweeted that there was no tsunami threat to the nation’s coasts even though the tsunami alert issued for coasts within 1,000km, the BBC reported.

The USGS also recorded a series of aftershocks, two of them at 5.9 magnitude.

New Caledonia has a population of about 270,000 and is part of the Pacific’s “ring of fire”, where many earthquakes occur.

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Tremors felt in Uttarakhand

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Dehradun, Dec 4: A quake measuring 3 on the Richter scale was felt in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand early on Tuesday forcing residents to rush out of their houses, officials said.

The tremors were felt in the Barkot region for a few seconds at around 6.20 am. Its epicentre was in Yamunanagar in Haryana, District Disaster Management officer Devendra Patwal said.

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