Saturday Sep 04 2021
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Four die of electrocution as heavy rains lash Karachi

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Four people died of electrocution in Karachi. Photo: file
Four people died of electrocution in Karachi. Photo: file    
  • Four-year-old girl named Tania, three others die of electrocution on Friday.
  • PAF Base Faisal receives the highest amount of rainfall where around 69 millimetres of rain was recorded.
  • Moderate to heavy showers are expected in the metropolis till this evening, says Met Office. 

KARACHI: At least four people were electrocuted in Karachi on Friday as intermittent heavy showers wreaked havoc on K-Electric's infrastructure.

Today (Saturday) different areas of the port city continued to receive moderate to heavy showers under the influence of a monsoon system that is present in the south-southeast of Karachi.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, Saadi Town received the highest amount of rainfall where around 81 millimetres of rain was reported, Gulshan-e-Hadeed recorded 73mm of rain, PAF Base Faisal received 70mm, Karachi University road 69mm, North Karachi 48mm, Quaidabad 35mm, Surjani Town 38.8mm and Orangi Town 11.6 mm, till the filing of this report.

Rescue sources said that a four-year-old girl named Tania died of electrocution when she was playing outside her house in the rain in Shah Rasool Colony area of Clifton. The other three died of electrocution in Baldia Town, Light House and Sharifabad areas, said the sources.

Met Office forecasts more rain today  

Meanwhile, the Met Office has forecast more rain coupled with thunderstorm in the port city today. 

Moderate to heavy showers are expected in the metropolis till this evening as the monsoon system persists in the southeast of Karachi, said the PMD.

The city's weather will remain partly cloudy today while the maximum temperature is expected to remain between 33 and 35 degrees Celsius in Karachi, said the Met Office.

Traffic jams, power outages

Immediately after the rain started, power outages were reported in multiple areas of the city, such as Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Surjani Town, Boat Basin, Korangi, Shah Faisal Town, Ranchore Line, Keamari, Khadda Market, Sultanabad, North Karachi, areas of Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Akhter Colony, and Lyari. Power supply to more than 270 feeders was reportedly suspended.

Massive traffic jams were also reported on Shahrah-e-Faisal, University Road, Rashid Minhas Road, NIPA, Shahrah-e-Pakistan and other main or small arteries of the city. 

A traffic jam was also reported at Metropole Chowrangi later in the evening. Baloch Colony, Nursery, Karsaz were also choked, with traffic coming to a standstill.

Rainwater has accumulated at different locations of the city's main artery, Shahrah-e-Faisal, hampering the flow of traffic and causing impediments for commuters, including near Qayyumabad Chowrangi, Korangi Expressway, Baloch Colony Expressway, Shah Faisal Colony, and  Liaquatabad.