PM or­ders in­quiry into ‘ne­glect of duty’

Met Dept fail­ure to pre­dict thun­der­storm

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - ZUBAIR QURESHI

IS­LAM­ABAD—Prime Min­is­ter Of­fice has sought an in­quiry into the re­ported fail­ure of the Pak­istan Metro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (Met Of­fice) in pre­dict­ing June 1 storm warn­ing. Sev­eral peo­ple lost their lives, around 17, while dozens of mo­tor­cars and prop­er­ties worth mil­lions of ru­pees were dam­aged in that storm.

Ac­cord­ing to sources in the PM Of­fice, Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz di­rected is­suance of a let­ter and sought an ex­pla­na­tion from Pak­istan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (PMD) over its fail­ure to fore­cast the se­vere thun­der­storm that struck Pun­jab, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and Is­lam­abad.

The storm was wild and could be pre­dicted in the evening but the Met Of­fice ow­ing to tra­di­tional lethargy and re­ly­ing on its of­fice’s rou­tine work like record­ing tem­per­a­ture of var­i­ous cities didn’t pay at­ten­tion to the strong winds that were com­ing in the cap­i­tal’s di­rec­tion.

The winds were fol­lowed by thun­der­storm and heavy rain and the peo­ple of the twin cities were caught un­aware as there was no such warn­ing by the Met Of­fice in the day’s bul­letin. As a re­sult of the storm Rawalpindi ex­pe­ri­enced worst power load­shed­ding and some parts of the gar­ri­son city were with­out elec­tric­ity even on the third day, June 3, since the storm struck the twin cities.

The June 1 storm killed at least seven and in­jured dozens in Is­lam­abad, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and the Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas (Fata), caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to prop­erty and in­fra­struc­ture.

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