Authorities remove billboards as Met issues a new alert
Scattered rain was reported in many cities and towns in Sindh, including Karachi, Hyderabad and Dadu on Thursday afternoon.
The Met department has forecast “heavy to extreme rains” triggered by the remnants of Cyclone Gulab over the Arabian Sea.
A new alert issued on Thursday evening said a low pressure area east of Karachi was likely to develop into a cyclone "during next 12-18 hours and move west-northwestwards."
Responding to the alert, authorities in Karachi have decided to remove all billboards and hoardings installed alongside main roads, according to a notification issued by Commissioner Karachi.
Billboards and hoardings installed on the rooftops and facades of high rise buildings would also be removed, the notification said.
Pakistan Meteorological Department forecast torrential rains between Thursday, September 30 and Sunday, October 3. It has also warned that heavy downpours may cause urban flooding in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta and other cities.
The Met Department said the weather system causing thunderstorm lay "at a distance of about 240 km east-southeast of Karachi, 200km from Thatta and 410km from Ormara" as of Thursday evening.
In Karachi, downpour was reported from PECHS, Korangi, Landhi, Gulshan, North Karachi, Saddar and elsewhere.
Light to moderate rain was reported at Gorakh Hill in Dadu.
It was a sight for sore eyes for people visiting Gorakh Hill as heavens opened up and rain poured down🌧️.
— Samaa English (@SamaaEnglish) September 30, 2021
Meanwhile, four electric poles fell in different parts of Karachi including Frere Hall and Rashid Minhas Road because of strong winds.
No injury was reported in the incidents.
The accumulation of rainwater affected traffic flow in the downtown area and blockages developed on key city arteries.
In view of more rains, the city administration has directed all concerned agencies to remain vigilant.
Fishing boats have been anchored at the Karachi Fish Harbour as the Met Department advised fishermen against going to the sea till October 3.
K-Electric has warned that accumulation of water and inundated roads may lead to power outages. People can register their complaints by calling 118 or messaging 8119.
“KE teams are on high alert and monitoring the situation … Citizens are requested to stay indoors and away from all electric infrastructure,” a K-Electric tweet stated.
Moderate to heavy rainfall reported across Karachi. KE teams are on high alert and monitoring the situation.
We will keep on updating this space.
Citizens are requested to stay indoors and away from all electric infrastructure.
— KE (@KElectricPk) September 30, 2021
Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab instructed officials to use all available resources to protect people from various hazards during the rains.
CM Sindh has assigned duties to Ministers for districts expected to receive heavy rain. For Karachi duties have been assigned to Mukesh Chawla South, Saeed Ghani East, Taimur Talpur Korangi, Shehla Raza Central, Sajid Jokhio Malir, Liaqat Askani Keamari & Waqar Mehdi West
— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) September 29, 2021
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority has also issued an alert in this regard.