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Pak Army carries out relief, rescue efforts in rain-hit Karachi

Pak Army carries out relief, rescue efforts in rain-hit Karachi
August 26, 2020
KARACHI (92 News) - The Pakistan Army is carrying out relief and rescue operations in various parts of Karachi affected by heavy rains on Wednesday. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the armed forces continued with their relief and rescue efforts in the metropolis after torrential rains left residents of several low-lying areas stranded and without help. It said the army’s engineers along with heavy machinery and specialised equipment have been deployed to stop the outflow of water from the Malir River by repairing cracks that emerged in its walls, inundating Qaidabad and nearby neighbourhoods. Water in Malir Nadi has been reduced and backflow from Quaidabad to Malir Nadi has started, said the military's media wing, adding that boats have been deployed in various areas to shift stranded people to safer places. ISPR added that more than 200 families have been marooned on rooftops due to heavy flooding in Malir Nadi, Kohi Goth and Dur Muhammad Goth. “Cooked meal being provided to affected population struck due to heavy rains. Due to heavy water current at the moment, Army helicopters will be flown to rescue these families after weather clearance,” it added. The ISPR further mentioned that affected people are being moved to safety with the help of the army’s boats and provided with food and other relief items. Earlier, COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa ordered the Karachi Corps to accelerate flood relief operations in Sindh. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief directed corps commander Karachi to step up flood relief operations to assist affected people due to recent rains in interior Sindh and Karachi. “Troops must reach out to affected population in distress and extend all necessary care,” he added.