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Weather remains hot, dry in most parts of country

KARACHI: Weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, rain-thundershower occurred at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar division and Kashmir. The heat wave will continue in Karachi through Wednesday. Continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the highest maximum temperature recorded on Sunday is as follows: Mithi 45°C, Sibbi 44 °C, Karachi 44°C, Moenjodaro 43 °C, Mirpurkhas 43 °C, Shaheed Benazirabad 43 °C, Badin…

Water: Why the taps run dry

PARIS: The world has abundant freshwater but it is unevenly distributed and under increasing pressure, UN agencies say, as highlighted by the severe shortages in Cape Town. South Africa has recently declared a “national disaster” over a drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatened to leave the city without domestic tap water. Water, water ‘everywhere’ More than 97 percent of the planet’s water is salty, most of it in the oceans and seas, but there is also a good supply of freshwater. Every year around…

Met department forecasts hot and dry weather nationwide

KARACHI: Pakistan will experience mainly hot and dry weather in most parts of the country, and is likely to remain in the hot spell in upcoming days, weather department says. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, continental air is prevailing in most parts of the country. Karachi also witnessed a high temperature of 35 degrees centigrade on Saturday (today). The mercury is expected to rise further and reach 38 degrees Celsius in the next few days. Hot and dry weather is also expected in Multan,…

New Zealand farmers use choppers to dry their cherries

WELLINGTON: New Zealand cherry producers are flying helicopters low over their orchards to dry off raindrops and protect thousands of tonnes of their product headed to Asia to feed rapidly growing demand from Chinese New Year revelers. China has grown to become the second largest destination for New Zealand cherries after Taiwan in the past seven years. Together they take about 60 percent of cherry exports, which were worth about NZ$43 million ($31 million) last year. Last week New Zealand exported 900 tonnes of…

Cold wave grips Pakistan, Quetta braves subzero temperature

KHUZDAR: Quetta and parts of northern and central Balochistan are in grip of chilly winds which brought the mercury down to minus 10 degrees Celsius in the provincial capital on Sunday. Thick snow also covered Murree, the Galiyat, Abbottabad, Swat, Chitral, parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK. Wave of cold was so intense in the Balochistan capital that it froze water in the pipelines. Tourists at Malka-e-Kohsar, Murree had a moment to enjoy with snowfall enveloping the valley. According to met office, cold and dry…

The ‘water mafias’ that suck Karachi dry

KARACHI: The moment they saw the city water tanker stop in their neighbourhood, Mohammed and Nayla rushed towards it. That day, the water was free -- a rare event in Karachi, where organised gangs siphon it off to sell to thirsty residents.