From Surjani to PECHS, North Karachi to Gulistan e Johar, and Kemari to Malir, Karachi is inundated due to cloudburst. Heavy rains in Karachi since yesterday have broken all previous records. Floods followed by thunderstorms caused roads and streets to become rivers. Several major roads including Shahra e Faisal, University road, and II Chundrigarh are inundated with rainwater.
The city’s canals overflowed and seven underpasses have been closed. Moreover, Water flood shed away cars, motorcycles, and buses. The steel containers shook like toys in the water. Vehicles parked in buildings sank. Water filled up in government buildings. Courts, residential areas, and markets submerged in water.
Besides that, in some places, boating services are being used to transport people stranded and tucked on the roads to land. The rains also made it difficult for planes to fly, planes have been diverted and new timings are being issued. Malir, Korangi, Landhi, Shah Faisal Colony, Saadi town Gulshan e Hadeed and Liaquat Abad, and most parts of the city are still without electricity and facing blackout. Areas that have been affected by heavy rains now facing traffic jams and have now been cut off and networks have been disengaged there.
Various accidents caused by heavy rain in Karachi:
landsliding in Gulistan Johar, block 3:
As stated by SSP East Sajid Mir, ‘’cars were crushed as rain wreaked havoc’’. Residents and spectators said that heavy rain caused a landslide in Gulistan Johar, block 3, leading to 20 cars being severely damaged in parking. (SAMAA)
Leaking of sewerage lines:
Residents of Surjani and North Karachi complained that the sewerage lines were so far damaged and the heavy rain made it worse.
Wall fell of Saima Square 1:
In Saima Square 1, a side wall collapsed, crushing seven minors to death. Townsmen are still facing horrible situations.
PIDC, Club road:
Heavy rains dugged a big hole in the middle of Karachi’s famous road and the road burst. Passers-by are facing difficulties.
As mentioned by police and hospital officials, at least 41 citizens were killed and several others injured in different incidents caused by heavy spell of rain in Karachi.
Pakistan meteorological department recorded rainfall of 83 mm in Sadar, 81 in Landhi, 77.8 at University Road, 76.6 in Nazimabad, 70.8 in Saadi Town, 65.8 at Jinnah Terminal, 49.8 in North Karachi, 42.8 in Surjani and the lowest amount of downpour was 21.9 mm in Keamari.
The Highest rainfall:
According to data provided by Met department the highest amount of rainfall,66 mm was recorded at Gulshan e Hadeed.
Awareness of PMD:
The Pakistan Meteorological Department had predicted and warn of the monsoon on Monday (24.08.20)that it would continue till Thursday (26.08.20). It also informed that the heavy cloudburst could severely affect the southern parts of the city and would generate water logging. Therefore, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has declared an emergency rain in Sindh.
The people are seeing that in this critical and difficult time, various welfare agencies are doing more for the people than the government. Al Khidmat and JDC Foundations are the tops. These organizations are providing food and shelter to the affected and needy people. Their workers are continuously helping people and working in drowned areas.
Despite all this, the people of Karachi are not discouraged and are hoping that the government will do its best for the world’s seventh largest city, Karachi.