More showers expected till 11pm
At least 41 people have been killed in rain-related incidents during the latest spell of monsoon that started on Tuesday and broke a 90-year record, Faisal Edhi said on Nadeem Malik Live Thursday evening.
Seventeen deaths were reported a day before and 24 on Thursday.
The government of Sindh has set up a helpline for residents of rain-affected areas at Karachi’s Commissioner House.
The numbers are 021-99203443 and 021-99205634.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced a public holiday on Friday after the devastating torrential rains. Hyderabad was also badly affected, with the army rescuing people in boats.
All government, semi-government and private organizations will remain closed Friday. However, offices of essential services such as local bodies, health department, the water board, PDMA and revenue will remain open.
Met Office DG Sardar Sarfaraz told SAMAA Digital that this monsoon has broken a 90-year record in the month of August. As much as 484mm (19 inches) have fallen this month, Reuters quoted Sarfaraz as saying, with 130mm recorded on Thursday.
Since morning, 73.4mm of rain was recorded across the city.
Moderate to heavy rain was reported in PECHS, Clifton, DHA, Saddar, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Mai Kolachi, II Chundrigar Road, Model Colony, Airport, Jamshed Quarters, Navy Housing Scheme on Dalmia Road, Korangi, Landhi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 13, Garden East, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Federal B Area, Guru Mandir, Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Liaquatabad and Jamshed Road.
Very light rain was reported Wednesday night, with the most rain being 6.5mm recorded in Landhi.
More rain is expected throughout the day.
Do Talwar and the KPT Underpass in Clifton are inundated.
Traffic in multiple areas of the city came to a standstill as roads were inundated.
The Korangi EBM Causeway has been closed due to which traffic has been diverted towards the Jam Sadiq Bridge. The route is completely packed.
II Chundrigar Road and University road experienced a similar ordeal after it got cloudy and rained heavily.
The water level of the Hub Dam, the dam that provides water to residents of Sindh and Balochistan, has reached it a record high of 338 feet.
After it hits the 339-foot level the water will start overflowing from the dam’s spillways. The Hub Dam was last full during the rains of 2007.
The record has been broken this year as more than eight feet of water was recorded in the dam within the last three days. More water is expected to come through the catchment areas.
According to the Irrigation Department, the rise in water level poses a flood threat in the Hub River. An emergency situation has been declared in the neighbouring residential areas and people are being evacuated.
An alert has also been issued by the Water and Power Development Authority and officers and rescue officials are being dispatched to the area.
If your car is stuck in the water, here are the numbers of some tow trucks you can call.
0300 2097203, 0300 2404526, 0322 2216919, 0345 2866062 and 0300 5725555.
All incoming and outgoing PIA flights to Karachi have been suspended following heavy rain in the city on Thursday.
Five flights that were scheduled to leave from the city, PK-522, PK-304 and PK-502 to Lahore, PK-368 to Islamabad and PK-540 to Faisalabad, have been delayed.
A flight traveling from Lahore to Karachi has made an emergency landing at the Sukkur airport. According to the airline, it will be rescheduled after the weather improves.
Moderate and heavy rainfall has been reported across Karachi. Several areas are now submerged, including DHA Phase VI, Tariq Road and Nagan Chowrangi.
According to the Met Department, more rain is expected throughout the day till 11pm.