Karachi urban flooding: 18 dead as record rainfall drowns city of lights
According to details, record heavy spell of rain has wrecked havoc in Karachi, causing urban flooding, power outages and traffic jams.
Seven persons including children and women were killed in a wall collapse incident in Saima Square of Gulistan-e-Johar area late night. Local residents claimed that the wall collapsed due to thunderbolt.
In another hear wrenching incident, a female polio patient lost her life due to drowning after her house filled with water due to heavy rains in Karachi.
The incident happened in Pakistan Employees Cooperative Housing Society Karachi East district after rain water flooded the residential areas of the metropolitan.
Almost half of the Karachi’s roads and localities were flooded with sewage-mixed rainwater after heavy rain lashed the metropolitan followed by long power outages and traffic jams disrupting people’s lives.
Many streets of the low-lying areas were flooded with pools of water as drains overflowed after rainfall.
Many areas, including North Karachi, Hyderi, Power House Chowrangi, North Nazimabad, Manzoor Colony, Sakhi Hassan, Nagan Chowrangi, and KDA Chowrang were flooded with rainwater, while several underpasses, including KPT underpass that connects Do Talwar to Teen Talwar at Clifton, were closed to all sorts of traffic after rainwater accumulated there.
The rainwater heavily flooded areas located on the M.A Jinnah Road, I.I Chundrigar Road, Aiwan-e-Saddar Road, adjoining streets and lanes.The Korangi Causeway has also been closed due to overflowing Malir River causing severe traffic jams in the area.
In a video that went viral on social media, containers brought for security measures ahead of Muharram could be seen swept away by rainwater.
There is no light in several areas of Karachi including Malir, Defence and Sarjani from the last 19 hours. Several telecommunication signal towers are not functioning causing mobile service to be disrupted in several areas.
Hub Dam, Malir Stream reaches maximum capacity
The water level in Hub Dam has reached its maximum capacity for the first time in thirteen years. The Malir stream also reached its border mark yesterday and its water began to flow out from the spillways.
CM Sindh declares public holiday
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah declared Friday, August 28, a public holiday for all governmental and private institutions due to the heavy rain and flooding situation, which has affected the parts of the province.
The chief minister said that offices of essential services including local bodies, health, water board, PDMA and revenue will remain opened tomorrow.
Karachi has received 500mm rain so far and the Meteorological Department has predicted more rains in the city.
Met department has warned more rain in Karachi saying that rainfall system has gained more intensity after it has merged with another system coming in from Balochistan.
A day earlier, the Met Office had predicted that the rain system had weakened and it was likely that Karachi would be provided with much-needed relief from the torrential rains.