Six people killed as torrential rain play havoc in Karachi

 Heavy rain caused urban flooding in many parts of Karachi including DHA and Clifton

At least six people were killed as relentless rainfall battered Karachi on Monday, submerging several areas of the city and leaving many without power on the second day of Eidul Azha. According to the police, five men were killed by electrocution in various areas while one died due to a wall collapse. Further investigation was under way, Karachi Police said.

Despite the Sindh government's claims of cleaning out the city's storm drains, overnight showers caused rainwater to accumulate on roads and in neighborhoods in scenes reminiscent of the disastrous torrential rains witnessed in August 2020.

The rescue operations are underway and more than 388 teams of civil administration, rangers, Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Army are busy to pump out water from main roads and low laying areas. Some main roads have been cleared for traffic. In many areas, rain water still not pumped out.    

Several main roads and streets were completely flooded in Karachi as heavy rainfall once again exposed the city’s drainage system and the Sindh government’s claims regarding its rain emergency plans.

The city’s posh areas including DHA and Clifton were submerged due to heavy showers where rainwater entered homes with the masses slamming authorities for their negligence that has ruined their Eid.

The rains that began on the evening of Eid ul Adha’s first day continued to pour till today afternoon, leaving several parts of Karachi submerged and main roads including Shahrah-e-Faisal, Dr Ziauddin Ahemd Road and II Chundrigarh Road inundated.

As a result of the torrential rains, several roads in the metropolis were inundated with water and closed for traffic. In a statement, the Karachi Traffic Police said several feet of water had accumulated on Shahrah-e-Faisal at different points, while Dalmia Road is closed for traffic after it was flooded earlier today. Many roads now cleared for traffic.

Several feet of water had accumulated near the Baloch Colony bridge, blocking vehicular movement on the main artery According to the PMD data, the highest amount of rainfall was recorded in DHA Phase-II which received 126.6mm of rain. PAF Faisal Base 88mm, Masroor Base 53mm, North Karachi 38mm, Old Airport 35.6mm and University Road 34mm.

The average three-month monsoon rain record in Karachi is 141.4mm rainfall, but this year’s torrential rains have broken it in just a few days. The city’s July average, according to the PMD, is 53.2mm, August 64.6mm, and September 23.6mm rainfall.


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