At Least 25 People Die As Torrential Rains Flood Karachi & Shatter Records

Rain Karachi

Life in Karachi is paralyzed after rain. In an update on the power situation, K-Electric says several areas are inaccessible due to high water levels. Torrential rain lashed the Pakistani financial capital of Karachi on Thursday, causing heavy flooding. The heavy rain in August has broke 89-year-old records for the city, meteorological officials said.

Thursday marked the third day of heavy rain this week, during which at least 25 people have died, said Radio Pakistan. Meanwhile, residents have been forced to leave their homes.

Sindh officials were moving displaced families into school buildings. Pakistan army is carring out rescue and relief operations. Some of the areas in the city are still without power and Inernet supply.

In an update on the power situation, Karachi Electric said several areas were “inaccessible due to high water levels”.

What we know so far?

1. Rai in August shatters 89-year-old records for Karachi
2. At least 25 people killed in rain-related incidents
3. All key roads are flooded, underpasses and streets are under water.
4. K-Electric forced to suspend power to over 900 feeders
5. PM orders immediate relief, rescue operation
6. Sindh government declares public holiday today
7. Pakistan army sets up flood emergency control centre in Karachi

“It has never rained so much in the month of August, according to our data,” Chief Meteorological officer, Sardar Sarfaraz, told Reuters.

Moreiver, he said the data went back to 1931, 16 years before Pakistan gained independence from Britain.

Some 484 mm (19 inches) of rain had fallen this month, 130 mm on Thursday alone, he added.

Abdul Razak Dawood, Adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan On Commerce, feared the rain would hit exports.

“Our exports consignments are being delayed and hence our exports for the month of August may be affected,” Dawood said on Twitter.

PM Imran monitoring rain situation

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his government would not leave the city’s people “in their time of crisis”.

The premier said Islamabad was fully aware of the destruction brought about by the rainfall.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is continuing its rescue and relief operations in Karachi.

According to Spokesperson NDMA Shazia Haris, Pakistan army is carrying out these operations and drainage activities. Meanwhile, the local civil administration is also helping.

Moreover, she added food, drinking water and other importanty items have beeen sent to rain-affected people. Some 56 welfare camps are also established.

Haris said the NDMA also provided 3000 tents to Sindh government for rain-hit people.

A strong weather system caused havoc in Karachi and the locals suffered badly. Interestingly, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah is again out on a tour of Karachi today. We just hope the situation will become normal soon in the city of lights.

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