Heavy rains deluge Karachi on second day of Eid
Sindh CM visits flooded areas, orders de-watering of inundated roads: Another strong wet spell coming to Karachi: Two men electrocuted in Garden Show Market: Godap villages cut off: Karachi rain becomes top trend on Twitter: Three die in Balochistan: Winder River in high flood; nearby villages inundated; rescue operation underway
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The Pakistan Metrological Department has predicted that more showers will lash Karachi adding that the rainy spell will continue till July 18. However, the continued heavy wet spell has wreaked havoc in the city deluging it on the second day of Eid while belying the tall claims of the administration which stands exposed in the event of dense rainfall, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The city which has been receiving heavy downpour for the last few days is presenting a picture of a deluge after getting today’s showers. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited the flooded areas of Karachi along with city administrator Murtaza Wahab and provincial chief secretary. He directed the authorities to drain water from Shareh Faisal, Ferozabad Junction and Jinnah Hospital Road. He himself monitored the de-watering operation on the city roads.
The chief minister also instructed all field commanders to stay in their areas and provide relief efforts in rain emergency.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also called Chief Minister Shah and offered full cooperation from the federal government.
According to the Met office, a new rainy spell will enter on July 14 and it will continue till July 18. Like previous monsoon spell, it will also be strong and bring heavy showers in Karachi that may lead to urban flooding.
The PMD has said that the recent wet spell is persistent in Karachi and lower Sindh and rain is still falling in Karachi. Different areas in Karachi including Defence, Clifton, Malir, Airport Road, II Chundrigarh Road, Business Road, Sadr, Old City area, Gulshan Iqbal, Gulistan Johar, Shareh Faisal, National Highway, Super Highway, Memon Goth, Godap Town, FB Area, North Nazimabad, Korangi and PECH have been inundated.
5 ft water at I.I Chundriger road right now. RIVO couldn't cross the road because water entered into the vehicle through doors and inside our vehicle fan. Don't go anywhere it's a situation of emergency.#KarachiRains pic.twitter.com/uBnPAtqPO8— Waqas انگاریہ (@WaqasAalam) July 11, 2022
The Super Highway which was submerged due to last night’s torrential rain has been restored for the traffic going to Hyderabad from Karachi by the motorway police. However, one road track near Northern Bypass is still flooded and the traffic police have diverted both sides traffic on one track.
The flooded Clifton Submarine underpass and KPT underpass are still closed for traffic. The rainwater entered houses in Liaquatabad C I Area. The residents have started evacuating Muhammad Goth near Malir Stream after a flashflood hit the area. Shah Latif police have started rescuing citizens. The administration has closed Malir Stream Link Road due to flooding.
The villages in Godap City have been cut off due to rain torrents.
The 10 inches median dividing main thoroughfare and service road on 16th street DHA phase 8 has been submerged, the water now touching our main gates. It last happened in August 2020.#KarachiRains pic.twitter.com/i0SUO77p98— Sheharyar Jaffri (@sheharyaralii) July 11, 2022
According to the PMD, DHA received the highest rainfall which was recorded at 92mm; PAF Base Masroor received 91mm rain; Quaidabad 76mm; Orangi 56mm; Old Terminal 43mm; PAF Base Faisal 41mm; Nazimabad 31mm; Jinnah Terminal 27mm; University Road. Sarjani and Godap Town 14mm; Gulshan Hadid 6mm; and North Karachi received 2mm rain.
Two men electrocuted; two swept away
Meanwhile, two people were electrocuted in Garden Show Market.
Three people were swept away in the flashfloods in Danba Goth. However, the rescue officials saved one person while search for two others was on.
Thatta rain chaos
Rain has spelled a chaos in Thatta as all low-lying areas in the city have been flooded.
Citizens are facing rain miseries as there is no proper water disposal system in the city. Rainwater has entered several shops situated in the historic Shahi Mehal destroying millions of rupees worth trade articles of the merchants.
The houses are also inundated compelling residents to move to the upper levels of their homes to avoid flooding. Makhdoom, Warya, Islampura and Gandra mohallas are presenting a picture of a gigantic pool.
Despite the fact that two ministers belong to Thatta, the municipal staff is not bothering to drain rainwater standing everywhere. Even nobody is attending emergency telephone calls.
3 people die, several houses destroyed in Balochistan
Heavy rains have wreaked a havoc in Balochistan as 12 houses have collapsed and hundreds of others have been damaged due to rains and flashfloods in Othal, Bela and Larkha. The Winder River is also in high flood and the floodwater has entered several villages.
The district administration, Edhi people, Levies Force and local people are taking part in the rescue operation in the affected villages.
The rescuers saved 30 people in Madina colony and rescued 80 stranded people in Sanwal Goth.
Lasbela Deputy Commissioner Iftikhar Bugti said that the Levies men had safely evacuated people stuck in the Anwar Rind Goth. He informed that as many as 500 people were rescued stuck in Sir Mastani Mohallah due to flashflood.
The DC said that the flood affectees had been shifted to the Government High School, Winder adding that the rescue operation was going on since last night.
Separately, three people died in different rain-related incidents in the province.
🔴 Highest rainfall of 228mm has been recorded in Kemari in last 12 hours while 135mm in Korangi and 111mm in Saddar. Amounts from South of #Karachi remind us of 27th August 2020 cloudburst. #KarachiRains #KarachiWeather pic.twitter.com/RAxKv4Emux— PakWeather.com (@Pak_Weather) July 11, 2022
Swabi, Tank, Attock inundated
Heavy downpours have continued to spread destruction in Swabi.
The streams and nullahs in Manki villages are in flood. The embankment of Manki main road Khorr broke down which flooded the union council building. The wall of the UC office stretching over several meters along the road collapsed due to flashflood and the gushing waters entered the streets and houses.
In Tank, several houses have been destroyed as floodwater entered a village.
The local residents appealed to the district administration to provide help.
The nullahs in Attock have also overflown with rainwater. The flooded nullahs have wreaked havoc in Mirza, Hazro and Shakar Dara areas. Floodwater entered the streets and houses destroying furniture and other home articles worth millions of rupees.
More rains across country
Meanwhile, the Met office has predicted more rains in many areas rains of the country.
According to weather report, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Attock, Jehlum, Chakwal, Gujrat, Gunjranwala and Sialkot are likely to receive wet showers with thunderstorm.
In Balochistan, heavy rain is expected to pound Zhob, Barkhan, Kharan, and Khuzdar.
The PMD has alerted all concerned departments to stay alert.
In Lahore, the weather will remain hot and dry and mercury level would reach to 32 degree Celsius.
Twitter top trend
Twitter was flooded with memes, pictures and videos of the downpour as Karachi received more rains. #KarachiRains has become top twitter trend.
sometimes i wonder people of Karachi live between two extremes rain and no rain— Talha Bin Seed (@CH_TALHASAEED) July 7, 2022
just due to poor infrastructure and poor management people face worst situations
Reporters Daniyal Syed, Shah Zeb, Hassan Rind, Syed Gul Shah and Rozina Ali