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Intermittent rain kills many, wreaks havoc in Karachi

Intermittent rain kills many, wreaks havoc in Karachi
August 31, 2017
KARACHI (92 News) – At least nine people were killed as heavy intermittent rainfall lashed country’s economic hub on Thursday. As many as nine people were killed in rain-related accidents, including electrocution and ceiling collapse after heavy rain, coupled with stormy winds, hit the city, leading to panic on the roads, power outages, and destroyed electricity poles. Numerous areas were blocked off due to massive traffic jams, whereas many commuters were stranded as their vehicles broke down midway. Intermittent rain in most parts of the metropolis including caused power outages and disruption at various parts of the city including Malir, Korangi, Nazimabad, North Karachi, Surjani Town, PECH Society, Gurumandir, Model Colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Sohrab Goth and Gulberg. The rain inundated many low-lying areas. Massive traffic jam was witnessed on major thoroughfares of the city. Earlier, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) warned flash floods are likely to impact areas of Sindh and Balochistan provinces. NDMA has asked the PDMAs of Sindh and Balochistan to coordinate with cellular mobile operators for early dissemination of SMS alert in the areas. The NDMA has advised all concerned departments for an update of SMS alert in view of expected flash flooding due to rains and thunderstorm during current week. Schools Shut Meanwhile, the schools remain closed today in Karachi in the wake of heavy rains predicted by Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). Private Schools Management Association (PSMA) President Sharf-uz-Zaman said that they could not put the lives of students in danger as city’s electricity and sewerage systems were not reliable.