Karachi Storm Rains, Roads Become Ponds, Electricity Kills

  • One person fell from a building roof while a motorcyclist fell into a pit and died on the spot.
  • The Korangi area was cut off from the rest of the city and the people stranded on the local causeway were evacuated with the help of a crane.
  • "Karachi is the only city where you get to see rain and fireworks together, so much fun."

The restive rainstorm in Karachi, Pakistani’s capital city is nothing more than a test for local residents. Light and heavy rains started on Saturday night, continued on Sunday and due to heavy rains, water accumulated in most parts of the city and major highways while drainage areas have been inundated. Rains have increased accidents in the city. At least six people have been confirmed dead so far from rain-related reasons.

Karachi is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the most populous city in Pakistan, and fifth-most-populous city proper in the world. Ranked as a beta-global city, the city is Pakistan’s premier industrial and financial center.

Jinnah Hospital Karachi Executive Director Dr. Sammy Jamali told journalists that after the recent rains, three people were killed– one person fell from a building roof while a motorcyclist fell into a pit and died on the spot.

The highest rainfall in Karachi was recorded at 153 mm (6 inches) at the airport and 151 mm in Surjani Town, Director of the National Forecasts Center for Meteorology Dr. Zahir Ahmad Babar told news reporters. In Gulshan Habib, rainfall meters recorded were 149 mm, 118 mm in Landhi, 112 mm on University Road, 109 mm (4.3 inches) in Nazimabad, 108 mm in Kimari town.

Minister for Information and Labor, Sindh Saeed Ghani said that the average monsoon in Karachi did not produce as much rainfall and the excessive rain this year has caused problems with drainage. However, he said that the emergency measures have not caused much trouble this time, and if arrangements had not been made the problems that the citizens are facing could have been several hundred percents higher. Ghani said that due to excess of water in the Malir and Lyari rivers, the water coming to Korangi and EBM Kazwiz has been sealed off, while all the resources available have been used for drainage.

Karachi is also considered as the cultural, economic, philanthropic, educational, and political hub of the country. Karachi is also Pakistan’s most cosmopolitan city. Situated on the Arabian Sea, Karachi serves as a transport hub, and is home to Pakistan’s two largest seaports, the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim, as well as Pakistan’s busiest airport, Jinnah International Airport.

The Korangi area was cut off from the rest of the city and the people stranded on the local causeway were evacuated with the help of a crane. Ghani has appealed to the citizens to refrain from leaving their homes and stay away from electrical installations. He also told the citizens that on the occasion of Eid holiday on Monday, citizens should try to slaughter their animals in an open field so that they do not have to face difficulties in locating their bodies. Rainy water has also entered Karachi International Airport’s cargo area. According to sources, the sewage line broke and filled the cargo sheds.

Karachi citizens on social media are responding to the rains in Karachi, with one writing:

“A dangerous combination of water and electricity. How can it be possible if it rains in Karachi and then the performance of the power department is hidden? Where the city’s roads are submerged, there is an electrical problem.”

A large number of social media users see poor management and poor infrastructure as the cause of the floods in Karachi. One user commented on Twitter that”

“Karachi is the only city where you get to see rain and fireworks together, so much fun.”

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