KARACHI: Rescue activities were underway in Karachi where torrential downpours piled miseries on citizens, inundating several areas of the financial hub, killing 17 people over the past 24 hours, SAMAA reported Sunday.
Most of the deaths occurred due to electrocution.
Besides the city administration, army and navy soldiers and workers of welfare organizations were busy and rescue and relief activities, providing food items to people affected by rainwater as a result of the overflow of rainwater nullahs.
After heavy rains on Saturday, rainwater inundated many low-lying areas, including Sadi Town, Surjani Town, Gadap Town, Safoora Goth, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Amroha Society where people were seen draining out the rainwater on their own.
Rain emergency has been declared in the city. Army and navy personnel were the affectees to safer places.
The Sindh Chief Minister removed KMC administrator Hashim Raza Zaidi for his failure to meet the challenges in the wake of heavy pour which wreaked havoc on city infrastructure.
At least 12 people were killed in rain-related incidents on Saturday and five more were reported killed on Sunday, most of them children.
Elsewhere in the country, heavy rain battered parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochista, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and the tribal belt where 42 people were killed over the past 24 hours.
The Met Office has forecast more rains in Sindh in the next 24 hours. It said 115 mm of rain was recorded in Karachi on Saturday. -- SAMAA