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Cyclone Gulab: Rain hits Karachi with microburst

New monsoon spell to last till October 2

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 27, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 weeks ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Sep 27, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 weeks ago

Rain was reported in multiple areas of Karachi Monday afternoon. There was a microburst in Saddar area and trees fell at two places.

Water pooled on roads, leading to traffic blockage in and around Saddar.

The showers were recorded in Korangi, Malir, Scheme 33, Saddar, Gulistan-e-Johar, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Gulshan-e-Maymar, New Karachi, and neighbouring areas.

Saddar area experience what is being dubbed as "micorburst."

Speaking to SAMAA, Director-General Met Department Sardar Sarfraz said when a small area receives heavy downpour the phenomenon is referred to as microburst.

He said a trough (low pressure) from the previous rain spell existed over Karachi and had caused rain.

DG Met said a new spell would begin from Tuesday.

According to the Met Office, the highest rainfall was recorded in Quaidabad at 6mm on Monday. Gulshan-e-Maymar, Jinnah Terminal, PAF Base, and DHA Phase II witnessed 4.1mm, 0.8mm, 2.0mm, and 2.8mm rain respectively.

A number of people, specially children, were out on the streets to enjoy the weather.

Traffic woes

After the rain, water pooled on the roads near Sindh Assembly, Sindh High Court, Fawara Chowk, Press Club Road and Gizri.

Due to accumulation of rain water, traffic flow was

affected in the downtown and blockages developed on key crossroads.

Rain and strong winds caused two trees to fell on the premises of Sindh Assembly and Abdul Sattar Hockey Stadium. In view of more rains today, the city administration has directed all concerned agencies to remain fully alert.

K-Electric warns of power outages

K-Electric has warned that the accumulation of water and inundated roads may lead to power outages. People can register their complaints by calling 118 or messaging 8119.

"Take special care when using urban electrical appliances in the rainy season. Improper use of electrical appliances such as water motors in rain and standing water can lead to accidents. Citizens should stay away from broken wires, TV, internet cables, electricity poles, and PMTs," it tweeted.

Cyclone in Bay of Bengal

The Met Office has forecast another spell of monsoon rains in the city from September 28. “The spell will continue till October 2,” chief meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz told SAMAA TV earlier in the day.

A deep depression is forming in the Bay of Bengal which will bring rain in the coastal areas of Sindh.

Sarfaraz reassured that Pakistan has no threat with the “possible” cyclone. “The storm will hit India’s Gujarat,” he said.

The storm has been named Gulab after Pakistan’s suggestion. Fishermen have been instructed to refrain from going into the sea during this time.

The fourth monsoon spell began in Sindh on September 23. Heavy rain was reported in Karachi, Thar, and neighbouring areas. The NDMA has issued a rain alert in the province.

 
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