Heavy rains kill several in Karachi, flash floods sweep away houses in Hub
KARACHI (92 News) – Several people were killed and many others injured in rain related incidents in Karachi, while flash floods have swept away several houses in Hub on Friday.
As per details, five persons were electrocuted in different parts of the city while two children drowned in a pond.
Meteorological Department has forecasted that the rain will continue today (Friday) as well.
The rains have made weather pleasant but have caused problems like power breakdowns and inundation of low lying areas.
Downpour blanket the entire city and inundated the low lying areas, however with the rain electricity started playing hide-and-seek and several areas faced power outage.
Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had declared rain emergency in the province in the wake of yesterday’s downpour. He had directed the Irrigation and Local Bodies Departments to cancel the leaves of their employees.
Murad Ali Shah telephoned the Deputy Mayor of Karachi, Arshad Vohra, asking him to apprise about the requirements. He directed the divisional commissioners to coordinate and cooperate with the Local Bodies Department officials as well as those of the power utility services.
Meanwhile, flash floods have swept away several houses in Hub, Balochistan.
Eight dead bodies of missing people including women and children have been recovered so far, while rescue operation is underway.
The affected people are being shifted to safe places and situation is now under control, while the relief activities are underway.
Traffic on Quetta-Karachi road has also been suspended due to flood water.
On the other hand, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri has directed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority to take emergency measures for safety of the citizens during the monsoon rains in province.
He also directed to shift citizens, living near streams and nullahs to safe places and arrange tents and foods for them.
Rain-thundershowers with gusty winds may occur at scattered places of Hyderabad, Karachi, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Shaheed Benazirabad division, while at isolated places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Malakand, Hazara, Kohat, Bannu, D I Khan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
There is risk of landslides in hilly areas of upper Khyber-Pakhtukhwa, Malakand, Hazara, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.