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Sunday Jul 05 2020
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PTI's Alamgir Khan puts cut-out of Sindh CM on Karachi's heavily polluted Gujjar Nala

The FixIt campaigner calls on Sindh to clean Karachi's blocked drainage system ahead of heavy rains in coming week. — Photo courtesy Twitter

PTI MNA Alamgir Khan, has put up a cut out of Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah at Karachi's Gujjar Nala, to urge the provincial government to act and ensure cleaning of drains before monsoon rains hit the city with full force.

The FixIt campaigner shared a video online on Sunday to lodge his protest against the city's blocked drainage system at a time when the danger of urban flooding looms large. The meteorological department has forecast heavy rainfall and urban flooding for Karachi beginning Sunday night.

"No cleaning has been done on Gujjar Nala [by the provincial government] yet. More than 30 drains of the city are not functional for proper drainage of stormwater," the PTI leader complained.

Also read: Urban flooding threatens Karachi as PMD forecasts monsoon rains from Monday

"We have been demanding the cleaning of these drains for four years [now]," Khan added.

PMD forecasts heavy rainfall, urban flooding in Karachi

Earlier in the day, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had forecast monsoon rains in Sindh from Monday with heavy rainfall expected in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Sanghar and Mirpur Khas beginning tonight (Sunday).

According to PMD, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Jamshoro and Dadu are likely to receive rain from tomorrow.

“Rain/wind-thundershowers are expected in Sindh while heavy fall at few places is also expected in lower Sindh,” PMD had said, in its daily weather report. 

It added, “Partly cloudy weather is expected in the coastal districts of the province, while rain/wind-thundershower [with few heavy fall] is expected in Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Mirpur Khas, Islamkot, Tharparkar, Nagrparkar and Mithi.”

The Met department has also warned of urban flooding as a result of the rain, in Karachi, Thatta, Badin and Hyderabad.