As monsoon clouds gather, Karachi’s residents fear urban flooding

June 26, 2018

A Pakistani man crosses a flooded street after the rain in Karachi on August 3, 2013. Photo: AFP

The monsoon may hit Karachi any day now but the city is far from prepared.

The city’s Gujjar Nullah has not been cleaned. Despite being one of the largest storm water drains in the city with a long history of overflowing during the monsoon season, the drain is still full of garbage.

Residents of the area around the Gujjar Nullah are very worried – they know what happens when it overflows. The streets in their localities fill up with water, their houses are inundated and disease is spread from the stagnant water that inevitably collects.

The 13 kilometre-long drain stretches from North Karachi till Liaquatabad and is one of the key drains in District Central.

 
 

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