Friday, July 15, 2022

Karachi ready for more heavy rain

Pakistan Meteorological Department official says another powerful monsoon system from Bay of Bengal has entered region

Commuters pass through a road flooded with rainwater in Karachi. — AFP/ File
Commuters pass through a road flooded with rainwater in Karachi. — AFP/ File

  • Karachi receives light rain and drizzle overnight, PMD reports.
  • Another powerful monsoon system from Bay of Bengal has entered region.
  • Previous system caused devastation in Sindh and Balochistan.

Another powerful monsoon system from the Bay of Bengal, which is almost 90% identical to the previous system, which caused devastation in Sindh and Balochistan, has entered southern Sindh, shared a Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) official.

Under the influence of a strong monsoon system that has entered southern Sindh from neighbouring India, different areas of Karachi received light rain and drizzle Thursday night, followed by a dust storm, according to PMD officials, who had forecast proper rains in different areas of the city on Friday with some heavy showers, The News reported.

"Dust storm followed by light rain and drizzle has been reported from the southern areas of Karachi, including Gulshan-e-Hadeed and Malir areas, under the influence of a strong monsoon system that is capable of causing moderate to heavy showers in Karachi and its suburbs in the next two to three days," Chief Meteorological Officer (CMO) Sindh Dr Sardar Sarfraz said.

Gulshan-e-Hadeed received five millimetres of rain, Orangi Town received 3.9 millimetres of rain, Nazimabad received one millimetre of rain, and Jinnah Terminal, Masroor Base, and other localities received less than one millimetre of rain Thursday night, according to PMD reports.

Weather experts had previously warned that this second monsoon system was nearly 90% identical to the previous one and that it could cause more severe rains in Karachi and other parts of southern Sindh from July 14 to July 18, causing urban flooding and waterlogging in various areas of Karachi as well as Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, and Mirpurkhas.

KE clarifies facts

As torrential rainfall continued to batter the city during Eid days, different electric shock-related incidents were reported in different parts of the city on July 11 and July 12.

The K-Electric (KE), in a press statement, said that in the seven incidents reported in the city, no broken wire of the KE nor any of its poles was found to be involved. Of these cases, three were non-fatal.

While providing details about these incidents, the KE’s spokesperson said that at the KE they deeply empathise with the bereaved families of the victims and affected people. "However, almost all of these incidents occurred for reasons beyond the KE’s own infrastructure. Of these reported seven unfortunate cases, six do not involve K-Electric’s infrastructure at all. whereas in one case, the affected got shocked during an attempt to touch an intact and live HT line. "

As per media reports, four incidents took place on July 11. One was in Korangi, in which a man named Ali Sher Khan was electrocuted due to damaged wiring inside a shop. In another unfortunate incident in the Garden area, two men on a bike received a fatal electric shock from a streetlight pole. Another fatal incident was reported in DHA Phase 6 in which a gatekeeper named Mehboob was electrocuted via a privately installed spotlight wire hanging on the grill of a house. A non-fatal incident was also reported in the Korangi area in which the victim, named Faraz, received a shock within the premises of a hotel.

On July 12, three unfortunate incidents involving electric shock were reported. One non-fatal accident occurred in Azizabad, FB Area, in which the victim, named Kashif, received an electric shock from the ruptured illegal switch of a streetlight which he was reportedly trying to switch off. Another incident was reported in Mullah Jam Goth, in which the victim was electrocuted while operating a water pump inside his home.

The remaining one non-fatal incident that was reported on July 12 involving four minors occurred on the roof of a house which was encroached and compromised the safe distance with electricity right-of-way.

The KE said that as per the information it received, all minors are safe and out of danger. However, the area is highly encroached, and K-Electric has also served a proper notice to residents on May 1, 2022, in this regard. As per initial reports about this incident, the minors reportedly tried to touch an intact HT line and received a shock as a result. K-Electric’s infrastructure on the incident site was found completely intact with proper earthing and grounding.

Additionally, on July 11, there was a case that emerged from the North Karachi 11-F area, which was initially misreported as electrocution, but later reports indicated that the cause of death was not due to electric shock. The KE infrastructure at the reported incident site was found completely intact, and no current leakage was found.