At least 11 people were reportedly killed in various rain-related incidents in Karachi over the weekend, as monsoon downpours left large swathes of the megapolis inundated with rainwater.
Nine deaths were reported in the city on Sunday. Two people were killed a day earlier.
Three people were electrocuted to death in DHA’s Bukhari Commercial. One person died near Orangi’s Metro Cinema and one each in Sector I, Data Nagar and Kharadar. One person was killed in a roof collapse in Keamari’s Bhatta Village while one person was killed after they fell in a drain near Lyari’s Godown Chowrangi.
Saturday’s deaths were reported in Manghopir’s Mianwali Colony and Soldier Bazaar.
The city’s Faisal Base area received the highest 192mm rain, while Keamari received the lowest 116mm. Surjani Town received 187mm rain, Pehelwan Goth 143mm, Gulistan-e-Jauhar 131 and Saddar Town received 117mm rain.
The city braces for a wet Eidul Azha on Monday.
Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman has urged the masses to offer Eid prayers in mosques in their respective areas, as heavy rains left most of the Eidgahs and grounds across Karachi inundated with rainwater.
Mufti Muneeb said two separate Eid congregations could be arranged in densely populated areas, where the mosques could not accommodate all the devotees.
He, however, said the same imam could not lead the second prayers at a mosque.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairman urged the federal and provincial governments to stop blaming each other and come together to help the city’s populace.
Residents of the areas where the streets are inundated with rainwater could sacrifice their animals the next day, he added.
Rain is expected to continue till 10pm on Sunday, said Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
“Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Badin will start clearing,” he said. “We will be draining the water. I’ve also told the administration to make arrangements for the people who have been displaced.” They will need tents, and mosquito nets and a safe place to stay. He said fumigation will be needed as well.
He added that calamity-hit areas would be declared after a proper survey of losses in Thatta/Sujawal. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Sindh has been asked to provide tents and mosquito nets to the people displaced in the heavy rains in Thatta and Badin.
He was talking to the media after presiding over a meeting at DC office Sunday afternoon. The meeting was attended by elected representatives, the commissioner and DIG of Hyderabad, DC and SSP Thatta. Kohistan, Jung Shahi and other areas of Thatta are badly hit.
“I am quite upset to know that people have been displaced,” he said.
On the way from Karachi, Ghaggar, Dhabeji, Sakro and other areas are in bad shape. To a question, he said that the main nullah passing from the mukhtiarkar’s office has been flooded. “I think it has not been de-silted properly, therefore it was not carrying enough water from the catchment areas,” he said.
Five feet of water was stagnant in Thatta’s Shahi Bazar where de-watering machines have been installed.
“Thatta has a drainage system but it now needs to be upgraded,” he said, and added that the local representatives had demanded a new storm water drain around the city. The local government minister was told to get a feasibility study done.
Thatta had received 144 mm of rain. Eight pumps have been installed in the city. The Keti Bunder-Baghan road has developed craters that have been filled with sand.
At Ghorabari RD-113 an excavator has been provided to strengthen embankments. One pump has been installed at Keti Bunder and another to Gharo.
A large number of people have been displaced in Sujawal. Advisors Aijaz Shirazi and the deputy commissioner of Sujawal will conduct a survey of the affected people.
Streets in Karachi were flooded Sunday morning after a night of sporadic rain.
Main thoroughfares were inundated with multiple feet of water. The Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rain in the city on Sunday till Monday morning.
In the last 24 hours 151mm of rain has been recorded in Surjani, 149mm in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, 129mm in Karachi City, 121mm at Faisal Base, 118mm in Landhi, 110mm at Masoor Base, 109mm in Nazimabad, 93mm in Keamari and 79mm in North Karachi. Another 142mm of rain was recorded in Thatta, 93mm in Badin and 81mm in Mirpurkhas.
Many areas in the city didn’t have power, as K-Electric warned it would be cutting off supply to flooded areas as a safety precaution. Two people were killed after being electrocuted in Karachi on Saturday morning. K-Electric Spokesperson Adil Murtaza told SAMAA TV that they have asked the city government to declare an emergency in Karachi.
Many low-lying areas are flooded and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for our staff to visit these areas, he said. Around 500 feeders have been turned off and 35% of the city is without power. Areas where power has been shut off as a precautionary measure include UC 4, Surjani Town, Ilyas Goth, Scheme 33, Ibrahim Hyderi, Kharadar, West Wharf, Malir, Korangi, Landhi, Bin Qasim and Metropole. Some grid stations have also been flooded.
However, Murtaza said most areas in the city do have power. There are areas where water has entered houses, which is where we need to turn off the power, he explained. He cautioned people not to take precautionary measures and avoid going near electrical poles.
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In areas where water has accumulated on the streets, he has cautioned people not to go out. Don’t tie your sacrificial animals to electric poles either, he said.
In some areas, road have collapsed due to the rain. Malir Halt and Sharae Faisal both saw accidents are sections of the road collapsed during Saturday night’s rain.
Areas where massive amounts of water has collected on main roads include Sharae Faisal, Natha Khan, near the city courts, Qayyumabad, Nazimabad, Orangi and Hijrat Colony. In many areas, storm water drains were not cleaned and overflowed, causing sewage to mix with rain water on the streets. Urban flooding is feared in Karachi, Hyderabad and Thatta.