Low-lying roads inundated
Rain began to lash Karachi late on Wednesday night, forcing motorcyclists to take shelter and cars to slow down. It inundated low-lying roads and other areas in different parts of the city.
The thundershower came at around 1:30 am and battered windows. It took only a few minutes before water began to pool on roads and streets.
The low-lying spots on Shahrah-e Faisal were inundated by 2 am. There were similar reports from Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad. The road medians were submerged.
The Met Office has forecast rains for Karachi from September 9 to September 11. Other districts in Sindh are also likely to receive rain. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a rain alert across the country.
The DG Met told SAMAA TV the rainshower spell was to last for one hour and would be followed by light rain throughout the night.
Since the rain started late on Wednesday, most of Karachi were already at home. However, people who were out for one reason or the other were taken by surprise by the sudden downpour.
From Saddar to Malir and from Gulistan-e-Jauhar to North Nazimabad and Liaquatabad, and from Qaidabad to Bahria Town, all areas of Karachi received rain.
The thunderstorm was unusual as it was accompanied by lightning before the downpour.
Some social media users shared videos and prayed for everyone’s safety.
Others described the thunder as “horrifying.”
Some parts of the city were plunged into darkness as K-Electric feeders tripped and the power went out as soon after the rain began. However, many people were amused the K-Electric decided not to pull the plug for their neighbourhoods even during the rains.
Over 200 of K-Electric’s total 1,900 feeders went out soon after the rain began, according to SAMAA TV.
The municipal staff was out on roads to clear water in some areas. A Twitter handle purportedly shared DMC East’s video showing the staff at a heavily flooded road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The DMC Central claimed its workers were out on the roads to clear water.
The Met Office said that the highest rainfall on Thursday was recorded in Surjani Town. It was 58mm. The lowest was recorded at the old Airport at 1.5mm.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad has also received rain Wednesday night. The rainstorm left several low-lying areas inundated but also provided a respite from the heat. At least 141 feeders of HESCO went out plunging several towns in different districts into darkness.