Heavy rains have lashed Karachi and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority Sindh has issued multiple warnings directing all land departments to take 'precautionary measures' to...
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Heavy rains have lashed Karachi and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh has issued multiple warnings directing all land departments to take 'precautionary measures' to avoid any untoward situation and make sure the response mechanism is adopted.
Speaking to Geo.tv, Director General PDMA Sindh Salman Shah said that if the metropolis witnesses up to 40 millimetres of rainfall it would not create problems. He added that while urban flooding will take place the water will flow out within 2-4 hours.
Shah told Geo.tv, "We have already deployed 50 dewatering machines to KMC and different DMCs" to ensure timely dewatering of areas where urban flooding is likely to create problems for citizens.
When asked if any warnings or precautionary notes had been issued to the public at large, Shah said, "since Karachi does not witness much rainfall citizens tend to come out onto the streets, I would advise people to stay indoors during heavy rainfall because it can be very dangerous."
He added that in low lying areas and informal settlements, certain buildings had been identified where affectees will be housed incase the weather becomes extreme. The temporary shelters will be managed by the DMCs, Shah told Geo.tv
Since most of Karachi's woes emanate not from the actual rain but a lack of proper drainage, Geo.tv asked Shah if any precautionary measures had been taken to minimize problems for citizens. Shah confirmed that the PDMA held a meeting with the stakeholders and directed KMC and DMCs to ensure main drains of the city were cleaned ahead of time.
However, since the PDMA is not responsible for overseeing the coordination and progress of KMC and DMCs its role stopped after providing the required equipment, Shah concluded.
The commissioner Karachi is out of the country for pilgrimage, therefore Geo.tv reached out to his office for comment and updates. The spokesperson confirmed that all district commissioners had been directed to stay in close contact with all relevant departments to ensure timely dewatering of areas as well as the creation of a Commissioner's complaint cell.
Karachi's major woes are not caused by the actual rainfall but from the lack of proper drainage which results in urban flooding. Rainfall, coupled with strong winds add to problems for citizens.
In order to protect yourselves, your loved ones and your property, we would like to share some guidelines which could help avoid any untoward incident. These are guidelines only and in no way guarantee protection from harsh weather.
While it is advisable to stay indoors during heavy rainfall, if you must be on the roads make sure your vehicle is equipped to deal with the rainfall.
The most common damage to homes is caused by water creeping in through open windows, leaky roofs, skylights, and from terraces without proper drainage.
While the rainfall is unlikely to have any long term impact. It is advisable to stock up on basic essentials to avoid venturing out during heavy rainfall.
It is advisable to make note of emergency numbers incase you need them. We pray that you do not.