Heavy monsoon rains lay bare Karachi’s poor infrastructure

Roads inundated as gutters, rain nullahs burst their banks: Malir stream bursts its banks

By: News Desk
Published: 03:20 PM, 13 Aug, 2022
Heavy monsoon rains lay bare Karachi’s poor infrastructure
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The fourth spell of monsoon showers continue to test the patience of people of Karachi as different parts of the city received heavy rain on Saturday as well that left not only the low-lying areas but also main roads under knee-deep water, thus creating lot of inconvenience for motorists and pedestrians alike, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The areas, lashed by the downpour, included Malir, University Road, Super Highway, Jamshed Quarters, Gulzare Hijri, II Chundrigar Road, MA Jinnah Road, Preedy Street and their suburbs. 

Gutters overflowed in the Sindh capital’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal locality due to which sewage got accumulated in front of Nauman and Crescent Apartments, which became a headache for both the residents and the shopkeepers. 

Similarly, rainwater also got accumulated in Saddar and in the areas around Empress Market and Passport Office, which hindered the mobility of people.     

The situation was no different in North Nazimabad Block M where due to poor drainage system water mixed with sewage started oozing from the rain nullahs, consequently spreading stench in the entire locality.    

Malir stream overflows; water enters Korangi Causeway 

On the other hand, torrential rains led to marked increase in water level in Malir stream of the city, resulting in its overflow due to which the water entered Korangi Causeway.   

Rescuers told media that of two persons, who had suddenly disappeared while swimming in the stream, one had been fished out alive while search was underway for the second one. 

Persistent rain forces postponement of dozens of events:

Meanwhile, persistent rainfall led to the postponement of dozens of functions in the port city. 

Inter-University Swimming Championship, which was due to be held at Iqra University, was one such event while the one that was to be held at Jinnah University for Women to celebrate the country’s 75th Independence Day was the other. 

Similarly, three trains namely Karakoram Express, Allama Iqbal Express and Pakistan Express would leave the city’s Cantonment Station for different destinations in the country late. 

Met Office predicts more rains during next 48 hours:

The weather department, on the other hand, said that an extremely low pressure that was producing rains in Karachi and other parts of southern Sindh for the last several days had now turned into a ‘depression’. “The system lies in the north-eastern Arabian Sea; 450 kilometers south-west of Karachi and 500 kilometers south-west of Thatta city,” it said, adding that more rains were likely from this monsoon low during the next 48 hours.  

It further said that the rain spell was expected to continue until August 19.   

Sanjrani Town received the highest amount of rainfall on Saturday, totaling 60 millimeters (mm), PAF Masroor Base (44 mm), University Road (43 mm), Orangi Town (42 mm),  

Reporters: Aadia Naz, Saud bin Murtaza, Javed Qaimkhani, Bilal Ahmad, Baseem Iftikhar, Adia Naz, Junaid Feroze, Javed Iqbal