A new rain system has entered Sindh and heavy rain will pour in Karachi tonight (Saturday night).
The Pakistan Meteorological Department’s chief meteorologist, Sardar Sarfaraz, has said that heavy rain has been forecast in Karachi from Saturday night till August 12 morning.
It rained continuously for 30 minutes on Saturday morning and led to rain being accumulated on different roads and streets.
Many markets in Saddar, Regal Chowk, Lyari, Bohrapir, Ranchore lane were flooded. Rainwater was accumulated on roads and outside people’s houses in Liaquatabad, Hussainabad, Karimabad, Nazimabad, Buffer Zone and North Nazimabad.
In District Korangi, the main Korangi road leading towards EBM Causeway, Korangi No 5, Landhi, Green Town, Shah Faisal Town, Model Town, and adjacent areas were inundated.
People living in Quaidabad, Manzil Pump, Khokrapar, Jamia Millia, Saudabad, Gurumandir, Teen Hatti, Jamshed Town, Qayyumabad, Kashmir Colony, Khudadad Colony, Lines area were left distressed because of the flooding of roads.
The rain emergency teams, formed by the Sindh Building Control Authority, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, Karachi Development Authority, and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and respective district municipal corporations, were barely seen in action. The teams were tasked with draining out rainwater from roads and streets.
Two people have been electrocuted to death so far.
Sarfaraz told SAMAA TV that this system is stronger than the last one. He predicts that between 80 and 100mm of rainfall will be recorded this time around.
There is a threat of urban flooding in District Malir and District West. K-Electric has said that if low-lying areas flood, it will cut off power to them. The company is taking this safety precaution to avoid any more deaths. It has informed Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani and others of this decision.
The power supply company has also cancelled the leaves of all its staff, from operational staff to senior officers.
During the last spell of rain in Karachi on July 29 and 30, 20 people were electrocuted to death. NEPRA, the country’s power regulatory authority, has blamed K-Electric for their deaths. It recently ordered the company to pay the victims’ families compensation.
NEPRA says K-Electric’s negligence, incompetence and power power transmission system were at fault. Ahead of the rains, K-Electric wrote a letter to the commissioner and other authorities, asking for help during the rain. It asked them to remove water from around electric poles and establish an emergency hotline for better communication.