Another destructive rain spell has struck Karachi. The city of lights is currently flooded with muddy water, and the citizens are unable to move anywhere.
The Third Monsoon Rain Spell
The third monsoon rain spell of the season has destroyed the city to its core. Monsoon spells in the town always wreak havoc because what ensues can be fatal for many as well. The low-lying areas are flooded, roads are entirely inundated, and power outages are caused.
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At least five people, including two children, are reported to have died due to rain-related issues. As you already might have seen, pictures show the water standing has submerged cars in it completely.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department has also predicted another shower today, on 27th July. “Monsoon currents of moderate-intensity continue to penetrate in Sindh. Under the influence of this system, moderate rain/thunderstorms and gusty winds with rather heavy falls at times are likely in all districts of Sindh, including Karachi, today and tomorrow,” the department said.
On the other hand, downpours were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir on Saturday. Balakot reported 21mm of rain, Bannu reported 20mm while it rained 6mm in Muzaffarabad.
The Consequences of The Rain Spell
K-Electric (KE) has made a statement that they have had to cut power due to waterlogging. The power supply in the low-lying areas where water had collected to that extent would result in a “safety hazard.”
KE also made a tweet in which they were asking people to refrain from calling on 118 for trivial issues. It seems as if calls were being made to them out of fear even though the problem was not grave.
False calls can cost lives!
Please use 118 emergency only for life threatening hazards like sparking fire, live wires, or downed poles / PMTs. #staysafe #rain #118LifeHazard pic.twitter.com/NhvhvKKq5w
— KE (@KElectricPk) July 26, 2020
The Lives Lost
Shakil Ali, SHO of Steel Town, remarked that a 10-year-old boy had lost his life. The boy identified as Arbab had come into contact with a fallen electricity wire in Gulshan-e-Hadeed while playing outside his house. The family, however, would not like to pursue this case legally. 22-year-old Usman Akhtar also lost his life the same way.
A 27-year old man fell into the water when the Nala in his area was over-flowing due to the rains. His body was also carried away by the water and later retrieved by Edhi foundation workers.
A fountain electrocuted 55-year-old Yusuf. A five-year-old boy also drowned in a drain.
The list might keep on getting bigger, and it’s heart-wrenching. The monsoon season usually brings cravings of pakoras, love, and laughter. However, for Karachi, Monsoon has not been anything but deadly and terrifying.
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