Sindh government’s Minister for Local Government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah blamed the meteorological department for failing to predict rains for the provincial capital as Karachi faces the first spell of monsoon rains this year.
The minister said the weather department did not share any predictions about today’s rain in the metropolis.
The provincial minister said that in principle, the Met Department must inform provincial governments and relevant agencies about the rains and directed the local bodies department to mobilize in view of the inclement weather.
Furthermore, he told that Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, DMCs and KMC have been ordered to ensure timely drainage of rainwater from the city’s roads and low-lying areas. He said choking points should be cleared on a priority basis.
Shah issued orders to closely monitor slums, dilapidated buildings and floods in nullahs “District administrations should visit their areas for timely assistance to the people, he said.
The met department director Sardar Sarfaraz had earlier said that the first monsoon rains are expected in Karachi from July 15 – 17.
The Met office director said that moderate rain is expected in the metropolis next week. Karachi will likely receive around 10 – 22 mm of rain in the first spell.
Weather experts had stated that low winds are hitting the northwest Bay of Bengal on July 11 and humid winds of the monsoon season will enter Pakistan via Gujrat.
“Clouds are likely to fall in Tharparkar and surrounding areas on July 12,” announced the Met office. The Met office also said Karachi could expect light rain on July 12 before the first spell of monsoons officially begins.