Port city Karachi is facing severe urban flooding and continuous torrential rainfall since Sunday night with predictions that heavy downpour will continue on Monday.
The southern areas of Karachi, including DHA, Clifton, Kemari, Saddar and other areas have received the most rain till now after a slow-moving thunderstorm stalled over the city during early morning.
Most areas of DHA and Clifton are inundated with almost waist-high water in some areas.
With hardly any traffic on the roads due to heavy rainfall, commuters are struggling to reach their destinations.
Highways leading out of the city were also inundated due to excessive rainfall. The Karachi-Hyderabad track of the highway was closed due to flooding.
At least 120mm of rainfall has been recorded in district south till now, with the rains showing no sign of abating.
Karachi has seen an increase in the amount of rainfall it receives per annum over the last few years, with monsoonal anomalies getting more frequent due to climate change.
The city, with its rickety infrastructure, has once again borne the brunt of heavy downpours.
FORECAST: Meanwhile, Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfraz has said that the city is likely to receive intermittent light to moderate rain throughout the day due to a low-pressure’s presence over the Arabian Sea.
He said that Thatta, Badin, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas will also be affected.
He said that cloudbursts cannot be predicted, adding that the current spell may weaken by July 13.
Light rain is expected in the city on July 12 and 13, Sarfaraz said, adding that another “strong” monsoon system is likely to enter Karachi on July 14.
According to the PMD data, Karachi received high amounts of rainfall in the last 24 hours.
- PAF Base Masroor recorded the highest rainfall of 119.5mm.
- DHA Phase-II received 106mm of rain while 76mm was recorded in Quaidabad.
- 65 mm at PAF Base Faisal.
- 56mm in Orangi Town.
- 49mm at Old Terminal.
- 46mm in Gulshan-e-Hadeed and 29mm at Jinnah Terminal.
The rescue sources said that two people died of electrocution in the Garden area and one in Korangi’s Bilal Colony.
Several main roads and streets were completely flooded as heavy rainfall once again exposed the city’s drainage system and the Sindh government’s claims regarding its rain emergency plans.
MQM-P SLAMS SINDH GOVT: In a statement, the MQM-P has lashed out at the Sindh government over its “failure” amid continuous heavy rainfall.
“Rains have once again exposed the state of Karachi’s infrastructure. The city’s sewerage system is choked with roads giving a view of ponds.”
The MQM-P, a key partner in the Shehbaz Sharif-led coalition government, said citizens are suffering due to the incompetence of the Sindh government.