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Friday Jun 30 2017

Heavy monsoon downpour lashes Karachi, flooding roads, leaving 11 dead


KARACHI: Heavy showers lashed different areas of the metropolis Thursday evening, leaving several streets flooded and most localities without electricity.

At least 11 people lost their lives in rain-related accidents, including drowning, electrocution, and ceiling collapse, this monsoon season. Of these victims, four were children.

Numerous roads in the city were flooded with waist-deep water, as clogged and dysfunctional drains added to the woes of the citizens. 

However, policemen in the Central District started relief work early night, helping motorists stuck in the downpour, assisting them in pushing their vehicles to the roadsides, and trying to determine and fix car problems.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), on the other hand, has forecasted that there are high chances rain will continue today (Friday) as well.

As many as 160 feeders tripped, plunging a large number of localities into darkness. Some of these areas included Malir, Airport and its surroundings, Liaquatabad, Keamari, Gulshan Iqbal Block 10, Shershah, North Karachi, Federal B Area Block 2, and Saddar.

Karachi roads during the downpour/APP

K-Electric also received complaints of broken electricity wires due to rain. The company, while noting that work to resume power supply would commence only after the rain ceases, advised people to stay away from electric poles, PMTs, and broken electric wires.

Rainwater flooded the city's main thoroughfares, including Shahrah-e-Faisal, near Gora Qabrustan. Rainwater also entered houses and mosques of KBR society near Gujjar Nala and roads adjacent to Governor and CM house.

Sindh government has declared rain emergency in the government hospitals of the city.

Elected district representatives and members of district administration remain engaged in draining out the rainwater from their respective mandated constituencies and areas.  

Residents living in the Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC) area were stuck in their houses as the roads outside were completely flooded with rainwater. Areas surrounding Teen Talwar, Khayaban-e-Shahbaz, and Khayaban-e-Rahat were the worst affected.

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