South Asia storms

This item appears on page 19 of the June 2019 issue.

Weather events caused multiple fatalities in South Asia in April.

In Afghanistan, days of rain the week of April 14 caused flooding in the northern and central regions of the country, including in the capital, Kabul, killing at least 15 people.

In southern Pakistan, a dust storm on April 15 hit the city of Karachi, leaving five people dead. This was followed by heavy rains and flooding in northern Pakistan that killed an additional 39 people and injured at least 135.

In western India, a thunderstorm in the state of Gujurat killed nine people on April 15, including three who were struck by lightning at a temple. Floods in Rajasthan, in the northwest, and Madhya Pradesh, in central India, killed another 47 people that week.