KARACHI: The Sindh government on Tuesday announced that private and public schools will remain closed across the province on Wednesday and Thursday due to the heavy rains and floods.
Sardar Shah, the provincial education minister, declared that “all schools and institutions under the control of Sindh government’s education department should stay closed on August 24 [Wednesday] and August 25 [Thursday]”.
Due to the destruction wrought by unprecedented monsoon rains followed by catastrophic floods, the Sindh government earlier today declared 23 districts of the province to be calamity-hit.
According to Sharjeel Memon, the provincial information minister, there have been at least 239 fatalities and more than 700 injuries across the province.
He continued by saying that 830 animals were lost in addition to 25,812 completely destroyed homes and 31,684 partially destroyed homes in the Hyderabad division.
Shaheed Benazirabad division had 696 cattle losses, 23,000 entirely destroyed homes, and 54,962 partially destroyed homes.
In addition, four deaths related to rain have been reported in the Hyderabad division within the past 24 hours.
At least 34 people have died and numerous others have been injured as a result of the monsoon’s relentless spell that began on August 17 flooding major portions of Sindh.
Starting today, the Met Office forecasted a three-day rainstorm with heavy to moderate rainfall in numerous province-wide cities.
A “strong low-pressure area,” which is now over eastern India, was predicted to hit Sindh on August 23 and cause moderate to heavy rain and thunderstorms in a number of regions of the province until August 25.