Karachi record rain 205mm

Following a record 205 millimeters of heavy downpours for hours, Karachi, the meg-metropolis city was struck by an onrushing deluge that sent several thoroughfares and residential areas submerged, while 25 persons died in incidents of electrocution and other mishaps and a large chunk of the city is still deprived of electricity.

Met. Department said that the showers last night continued lashing the city for over three hours non-stop, while Masroor Area received the rains most measuring 205mm (8 inches) followed by University Road and airport areas recording 143mm of downpours.

Following last night lashing heavy downpours, scores of residential areas including Bath Island, Defence, Jahangir Road and many other low-lying areas went under several-feet deep water, flowing into the houses made the residents’ life miserable. KPT and Liaquatabad underpasses were also flooded. Several busy roads of the city including I.I. Chundrigar Road, M.A. Jinnah Road and Aiwan-e-Saddar stand still flooded with water, where parked vehicles are seen floating until this morning.

Major power breakdown in the city further exacerbated the situation, as hundreds of KESC feeders had tripped with the first drop of rain. However, the restoration of power supply in phases has started since Sunday morning, while most of the city including Baldia, old sabzimandi, Model Colony, Federal B Area, Landhi, Jacobline, Garden, Jublee are without electricity since Friday morning until this time. KESC spokesman said that 150MW of electricity supply has be restored.

Rain-related death toll in the city has shot up to 25 mostly due to electrocution and other mishaps of roofs and walls of the houses caving in.

Mobile phone companies’ services were also badly hit by the monsoon deluge, which had severed all communications in the city.

On the other hand, potable water supply has also stopped for want of electricity at the pumping stations, while water scarcity kept piling miseries to the people.

Karachi Nazim, Syed Mustafa Kamal undaunted by the heavy downpours kept taking rounds of the city and personally supervised the emergency works and other relief measures.

Talking to Geo News on this occasion, Syed Mustafa Kamal told that the record rain for hours all through the night have created problems, which could not be surmounted instantly.

Met. Department Chief Metrologist, Muhammad Riaz said that the intensity of heavy rains has weakened, but for the next 24 hours sky would remain overcast with persistent light rains in the city.


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