3 dead, roads sub­merged as mon­soon rains lash Karachi

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Heavy rains con­tin­ued for the sec­ond day in Karachi on Tues­day, wreak­ing more havoc on the me­trop­o­lis, flood­ing roads and caus­ing a land­slide. At least three chil­dren lost their lives in rain­re­lated ac­ci­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to data from the Met de­part­ment, the high­est amount of rain­fall, 72 mil­lime­tres, was recorded at Gul­shan-i-Hadeed while Naz­imabad recorded 51.6mm, North Karachi 37mm, Sur­jani Town 25.6mm, Landhi 11.5mm, Pak­istan Air Force Base Faisal 11mm, Jin­nah Ter­mi­nal 9.6mm while Uni­ver­sity Road re­ceived 8.8mm of rain­fall.

Sur­jani Town and Orangi Town which had re­ceived heavy rain­fall dur­ing the last spell were flooded once again as peo­ple started to evac­u­ate from their homes while the Ko­rangi cause­way was also shut down due to flood­ing, me­dia re­ported. Footage showed roads in Landhi and Fed­eral B Area as well as other ar­eas heav­ily in­un­dated with wa­ter. Three chil­dren lost their lives in rain-re­lated in­ci­dents dur­ing the day, ac­cord­ing to Edhi res­cuers and po­lice.

A 13-year-old boy drowned in a pond cre­ated by ac­cu­mu­lated rain­wa­ter in Mushar­raf Colony, ac­cord­ing to an Edhi res­cue team. The body was later re­trieved and taken to Mur­shid Hospi­tal. Po­lice of­fi­cials said a 17-year-old boy died due to elec­tric shock in the Ha­roon­abad area. His body was shifted to the Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospi­tal Karachi.

Mean­while, a 10-year-old boy was killed and his mother in­jured af­ter a wall of their home col­lapsed dur­ing the rain. Po­lice of­fi­cials said the in­jured woman was taken to the Jin­nah Post­grad­u­ate Med­i­cal Cen­tre for treat­ment while the body of the child was also shifted to the hospi­tal.

Mean­while, heavy rains trig­gered a land­slide in Gulis­tan-iJauhar, dam­ag­ing sev­eral cars and mo­tor­cy­cles parked in the area. "Po­lice and res­cue of­fi­cials have reached the area," East Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SSP) Sa­jid Amir Sadozai said, adding that no ca­su­al­ties from the land­slide had been re­ported yet. A spokesper­son for the K-Elec­tric (KE) said elec­tric­ity sup­ply to cer­tain ar­eas of the city had been tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended for safety rea­sons. "Power sup­ply in some ar­eas was im­me­di­ately sus­pended af­ter light rain last night and it has also been sus­pended in some ar­eas where the wa­ter level is high for safety rea­sons," the spokesper­son said.

"Wa­ter has en­tered the elec­tric­ity in­stal­la­tions in Gul­shan, Gulis­tan-i-Jauhar and Bin Qasim whereas wa­ter has also en­tered homes in low-ly­ing ar­eas of the city and restor­ing the sup­ply of elec­tric­ity in flooded ar­eas can be dan­ger­ous.

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