Karachi plunges into darkness after bursts of heavy rainfall ATLEAST 4 KILLED IN RAIN-RELATED INCIDENTS


By Adnan Amanat

Karachi: Amidst scorching heat, weather in Karachi goes friendly as heavy downpour hits the entire city giving a break to the humidity yesterday night. Karachiites witnessed thundershowers soon after dark clouds overcast the sky.

At least four persons including three children lost their lives in separate rain-related incidents that occurred in Karachi during the first spell of rainfall. Four persons were killed in accidents due to thunderstorms and heavy downpour in different areas of Karachi. Two children aged 4 and 5 years were killed in a wall collapse incident in Malir’s Millat Town area.

According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reports heavy and light rain was to last for two hours as there was no prediction related to torrential downpour. The winds blowed at a speed of 81 kilometres per hour.

The Met office said that the heaviest rain, 22 millimetres, was recorded at the Jinnah Terminal. Old Airport, 15, PAF base Faisal 8, Quaidabad 6, Saadi Town 3, and PAF base Masroor recorded 2 millimetres of the downpour. During the rainstorm, reports of electricity outages also started coming from across the city including Azizabad, Surjani Town, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, North Karachi, Orangi Town and Korangi. Light to moderate rains and drizzle was reported from Karachi Airport, Gadap Town, Malir, Gulshan-e-Jamal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and adjacent areas.

Earlier on Tuesday, Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman issued an urban flooding warning for Karachi and other major cities, as the country braces for a much heavier monsoon spell. Taking to Twitter, the federal minister directed all federal and provincial authorities to take all possible precautionary measures to deal with the emergency situation due to expected monsoon rains.

It must be mentioned here that DMCs teams in District Central and East also remained vigilant during the rainfall where the officials were present on various streets to oversee the work. But in several other areas of the city, there was no proper attention of the concerned authorities and the citizens were found in extreme trouble due to dilapidated sewerage system and choking of nullhs.

Karachi is one of the last cities to receive rain this season.

Meanwhile, the power supplying company K-Electric has advised the dwellers of the city to be extra cautious during rains to avoid a safety hazards.