Power shortage, flooded roads, and Traffic jams: Heavy rain causes disaster in Karachi.

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    Two people including, a policeman, lost their lives due to heavy rain accompanied by strong winds battered in Karachi, leaving widespread power outages, flooded thoroughfares, traffic jams, etc., although heaved a sigh of relief from intense heat.

    Other damages of the second rain spell of the season is a wall of the Bandookwala building located on the city’s Chundrigar Road collapsed, which severely damaged several cars parked nearby.

    A 30-year-old policeman named Arshad Ali, lost his life while performing duty at Bahar-i-Madina Water Pump due to an electric shock; in another incident, a 35-year-old man also died of electric shock near Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s shrine.

    According to the Met Office, Karachi received;

    • 63.5mm of rain at PAF Faisal Base, 
    • Gulshan-i-Hadeed (40.0mm), 
    • Karachi MOS (28.0mm),
    • Saddar (41.0mm),  
    • University Road (16.0mm), 
    • Landhi (40.0mm), 
    • Masroor Base (5.7mm)
    • Jinnah Terminal (15.0mm), 
    • Nazimabad (9.0mm), and 
    • North Karachi (traces).

    The K-Electric (KE), which is already under fire from due to recent unannounced load-shedding and overbilling, heated up again due to power disruption caused due to heavy rainfall throughout the city. They said that they have switched-off the feeders for “safety reasons,” saying “Teams are working for the swift restoration of power.” 

    Commuters returning from workplaces also complained heavy traffic on major roads such as Sharea Faisal; lack of preparedness from municipal authorities and provincial government for the heavy rains led to streets being flooded.

    In a statement, Shah said efforts were being made to harmonize the following rainfall and drainage of rainwater. It is also continuing due to a “comprehensive strategy”; even administrations of all districts are fully active cleaning storm-water drains uninterruptedly.

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