Load shedding, heatwave go hand in hand in interior Sindh


KHAIRPUR: Despite claims of Naya Pakistan by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the people of Larkana, Sukkur and Khairpur districts continued to suffer from power load-shedding of 6 to 18 hours within 24 hours on daily basis amid a heat wave.

Today, continental air prevailed over the most parts of these districts amid dry weather and hot weather while loadshedding continued to hit people hard, particularly in villages.

The power load shedding up to 18 hours is being carried out in all villages of these three districts while cities and towns undergo 6 hours load shedding on a daily basis. The business, social and education activities are badly affected due to power outages while heat has hit people hard, affecting their health. There is no respite in power outages despite the formation of Imran Khan’s government in the country, who used to make big claims during sit-ins that power load-shedding would be brought under control when he came to power.

Larkana district has a hot desert climate where the maximum temperature reaches 53 °C in summer, making the life of people miserable. This hot weather sometimes costs human lives. Hot weather keeps many in the city at home, and cases of fainting are occasionally reported. Larkana’s today temperature at 3:00 pm was 42 degrees centigrade.

Sukkur district’s cities, towns and villages are also hit hard by load-shedding amid heat. The load-shedding and warm weather have made the life of people miserable. There is a need to bring halt in load-shedding so that people could take a sigh of relief.

Sukkur also has a hot desert climate, characterised by very hot and hazy summers. Sukkur is known for its extremely hot summers and was described as the hottest city in British India. Wind speed is low throughout the year, and sunshine is abundant. Summer is very hot as the temperature can reach 50 °C. Today’s temperature in Sukkur at 3:00 pm was 42 degrees centigrade.

Dry heat is experienced starting April to early June until the Monsoon season starts to arrive. Monsoons in Sukkur are not very wet, but bring high dew points, resulting in high heat indices. Monsoons recede by September, but it is not until late October that the short-lived autumn season is experienced before the onset of the region’s cool winters.

In Khairpur, 2.4 million population is being hit hard by 6 to 18 hours electricity load shedding in 24 hours on a daily basis as the authorities have adopted deep silence over this social issue. Khairpur’s today temperature at 3:00 pm was 42 degrees centigrade. Severe heat hit villages and towns. People were compelled to stay homes.

The power load shedding up to 18 hours is being carried out in all villages of 86 union councils of the district that include Razi Dero Kacho, Noor Pur, Sagyoon, Ripri, Kamal Dero, Khemtia, Jadowahan and Belharo.

However, at least 6 hours load shedding is carried out in towns including Gambat, Agra, Sobhodero, Ranipur, Padidan, Tando Masti, Khairpur, Mirwah, Kot Diji, Kingri, Sobho Dero, Kot Banglu, Faiz Ganj and Nara.

In these towns, business, education and social activities are badly affected. People pass life in trouble as the towns are warmer than villages. They live in congested houses with no trees and suffer too much due to warm weather. Business, as well as social activates, are badly affected due to lingering power outages since last 15 years. However, villages have some relief due to more trees.

It seemed that there is no merciful leader, who can resolve this issue. Khairpur is a native district of Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who could even not resolve this issue during his chief ministership eras. Neither Nawaz Sharif and PPP government nor PTI government could resolve this issue till today. It seems that they had no responsibility in this regard.

Imran Khan during political campaigns on containers and election drive have made big claims of resolving power outages issue, but there is not progress yet as 6 to 18 hours power outages to hit people hard, making their lives miserable.

Residents of different villages including Razidero, Dilawal and Sitabo said their agriculture depends on tube-wells which needed electricity but due to power outage up to 18 hours, their crops had been affected.