Rain in Karachi

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - NAMRAH KHAN

Rain is al­ways con­sid­ered as a bless­ing and gift from God for en­tire mankind but not for the peo­ple of Karachi. As soon there are talks of rain in Karachi, the K-elec­tric takes us back to the Stone Age. 622 feed­ers tripped push­ing over half of the city into dark as Karachi ex­pe­ri­enced the first rain of Mon­soon sea­sons. Res­cue re­sources stated that one young girl in Karachi’s Orangi Town died af­ter a wall col­lapsed and fell on her, while two kids elec­tro­cuted amid heavy rain­fall.

Mil­lions of gal­lon wa­ter could not be supplied to city af­ter power sup­ply was cut to pump­ing sta­tions. City of lights Karachi has be­come city off lights. The streets got drenched. Due to worst drainage sys­tem the rain­wa­ter is still stand­ing on the roads. The mar­kets are flooded with wa­ter, so the peo­ple are fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties for shop­ping of Eid. The sew­er­age sys­tem is a com­plete fail­ure. Traf­fic grid­locks were also wit­nessed on roads. What does KMC do all year round when its only job is to en­sure ef­fi­cient ad­min­is­tra­tion in city of lights? Yes, it is quite ef­fec­tive when it comes to clean­ing up city, but only when some ‘great per­son­al­ity’ is vis­it­ing. So many years have passed and still we don’t have ba­sic util­i­ties. Is this not a sign that democ­racy has failed? — Karachi

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