Karachi Temperature BiographySource (google.com.pk)
Friday, January 03, 2014 - Karachi—Karachi had never been gripped in a freezing climatic situation but end of this past December and current January not only made the people realize the intensity and agony of the climate but added financial problems to their lives.
On Thursday (yesterday) the mercury dropped to just 17 Celsius in the evening at about 7 PM while the wind that blew at 27 knots per miles created a vacuum on city’s streets, which used to stay awake till Dawn. The people had despite the fact doubled their warm dresses covering them from all sides helped them very little to endure the bone-freezing chill.
The people, who lived in Karachi’s periphery like Gadap, Keamari, Surjani, Landhi and Baldia faced the devastation of the freezing chill most due to large open fields in close vicinity. On the other hand, Karachi’s North part that comparatively remained cooler even in scorching June and July was the seat of anguish for the residents of North Nazimabad and North Karachi. The profiteers that never let go any opportunity to loot the people made hay while Sun shone in lowest temperature. Prices of a normal woolen cap and muffler that ranged from Rs 100 to 150 was being sold for Rs 250-300 per piece.
The Lunda (Used) warm dresses such as leather jackets, cotton-stuffed tarpaulin-made jackets and fur-jackets escalated thrice as double and a jacket that was sold for Rs 200-300 was sold for Rs 500-700. Leather jackets and coats at Karachi’s Rex Centre were being sold for Rs 8000-12000 while those jackets either refurnished or re-stitched from Lunda leather jackets were priced for Rs 3500-4500. Artificial leather jackets and coats imported from China a month earlier were available for Rs 1500 but now were priced for Rs 3500.
Farm egg prices also increased by Rs 30 per dozen while eggs from domestic fowl were being sold with an increase of Rs40-60 in different localities.
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