Flooding, gridlock as ‘normal’ rains play havoc with Karachi’s

Flooding, gridlock as ‘normal’ rains play havoc with Karachi’s infrastructure : KARACHI In the first of monsoon rains to date the Thursday’s moderate-to-heavy rains wreaked havoc on the crumbling infrastructure of the city as well as the fragile power distribution system that left one person electrocuted, causing flooding in low-lying regions and long traffic jams along the major roads in the city.

The Met office observatory recorded 65mm of rainfall in Surjani Town by 8pm; North Karachi 49.8mm, Quaidabad 47mm, PAF Base Faisal 37mm Gulshan-iHadeed 25mm, and the rain count in the other areas was lower than 20mm.

Flooding, gridlock as ‘normal’ rains play havoc with Karachi’s

While the system for power distribution was performing better than in previous rains some areas were hit with outages lasting hours because of the aforementioned local faults’.

The power supply interruptions continued to be a problem for Karachiites.

District Central inundated with water

Electrocution of youth

The victim was electrocuted by rainwater that had accumulated in Shabbirabad close to Mohammed Ali Society. The footage of the victim became viral on social media, as people were seen hesitant to get close to his body because of fears that electric shock could cause.

Flooding, gridlock as ‘normal’ rains play havoc with Karachi’s

In their angry reaction to K-Electric the people in the area were seen to express anger at the power company.

The K-Electric however in a statement of regret about the death of a person, said that it was not their fault.

“The victim has been identified as 14-year-old Ishaq Jagirani,” Bahadurabad SHO Qurban Ali said.

“He was in fact walking across the region on foot when he received an electric shock when rainwater that had accumulated near a gasoline pump located in Shabbirabad. He passed away on the spot. The body was transported into the JPMC and then to his home in KDA Society. I’ve met with the family of the victim and if they decide to go ahead legally police will definitely decide to take it into consideration. The victim was in Larkana.”

In the meantime, K-Electric spokesperson Imran Rana in a statement expressed his regrets regarding the incident.

“We feel sorry over an incident in Dhoraji and expressed sympathy with the family.” There was no electric wire been spotted at the scene and neither was there a pole, he stated.

In the initial investigation it was discovered that a streetlight poles were the cause of the electrocution.

“The KE was not responsible for installation, repair and care of the poles installed for streetlight,” the spokesperson said. the spokesperson.

More rains are expected to follow

In the beginning, rains began to fall in the majority of Karachi during the second half of the day. clouds, after raining in the outer suburbs of the city – -the outskirts of Gadap Town and Malir -and caused heavy rains in the city’s centre that continued for nearly two hours in a row.

The Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) in a recent advisory warned that the system is weakening current system of rain just for a short time and warned that it might reshape over the next weekend.

“Monsoon currents are continuously penetrating in the country and likely to weaken during next 24 hrs and may strengthen in the country during the weekend [July 9 and 10],” the report said.

With the help by this system of weather the PMD declared that thundershowers and rain with isolated heavy rains were likely to hit Karachi as well as other Sindh cities, such as Mirpurkhas, Dadu, Hyderabad, Thatta and Badin.

District Central submerged

The usual rain on Thursday was an exercise in patience for the inhabitants of Karachi as well as similar to previous events all low-lying areas in the city were submerged rainwater.

The Central district was once again proclaimed as the one of the most affected areas, where crucial roads, like the junctions with Shershah Suri Road, were filled with water, causing lengthy traffic jams for hours.

The recently built embankments in Gujjar Nala, on the contrary, collapsed during the rain, leaving the adjacent Kausar Niazi Colony inundated.

Murtaza sees ‘cloud burst’

The city’s administrator, barrister, Murtaza Wahab described it as a cloudburst which caused such a circumstance in the crowded Central district.

“There was a significant cloud explosion in the central district, which is the reason why KDA & Nagan Chowrangi have water. The Naala as well as the drainage system has responded and the water level is decreasing. Equipment has been set up. The underpasses have been cleared and traffic is allowed to pass through,” Barrister Wahab.

Snarl-ups

The torrential rains severely affected traffic in the city, and the traffic was backed up for hours on major roads.

The traffic speed began to slow down after the downpour became more severe and took hours to return to normality due to the non-operation of traffic signals at several locations and the lack of traffic law enforcement officers and the blockade of major roads due to the accumulation of rainwater.

In district South the district South, hundreds of vehicles were stuck in traffic chaos on I.I. Chundrigar Road, M.R. Kayani Road, Sarwar Shaheed Road, Abdullah Haroon Road, Napier Road, Hasrat Mohani Road, Burnes Road, Shahrah-i-Liaquat, Saddar and Sharea Faisal.

However, the situation reverted to normal at sunset following the increased use by traffic officers.

Officials claimed that the heavy rains affected two crucial links in the East district — Korangi Causeway and Korangi Road -which connect Korangi with the remainder of the city because people chose to take alternatives, which increased the number of vehicles using the roads.

The vehicle traffic in Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, different areas in North Karachi and on Shahrah-i-Pakistan did not speed up, but it continued to move following the installation of a new drainage system for rainwater was put in place by the authorities.

In the East District, University Road was also plagued by traffic congestion with hundreds of cars observed lined up due to the accumulation of rainwater.

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