Heavy rain inundates Karachi, lower Sindh cities
Heavy rain paralysed the country’s economic hub as rainwater inundated all the main arteries and low-lying areas in the port city on Tuesday.
It started raining in the morning with light intensity in several areas but later turned into a downpour which was still lashing the city and other parts of lower Sindh.
تھرپارکر میں بھی بارش، نشیبی علاقوں میں پانی سے زمینی رابطے کٹ گئے
تھرپارکر میں بھی بارش، نشیبی علاقوں میں پانی سے زمینی رابطے کٹ گئےPosted by 24 News HD on Monday, August 24, 2020
As the rain inundated the city, the K-Electric announced that water had entered several power facilities, resulting in the suspension of supply.
Thousands cars are stuck on the roads including II Chundrigar Road, Shahrah-e-Faisal, MA Jinnah Road and University Road while Saddar and other business centres located in the old city had to be shut down after the water level reached up to four to five feet.
Sharae Faisal a couple of hours ago. pic.twitter.com/JzfHXtot7g— Hasan Zaidi (@hyzaidi) August 25, 2020
This flash flooding-like situation has submerged even the posh areas like Clifton and DHA where it is very difficult, if not impossible, to drive on the roads.
I.I. Chundrigar and nearby road pic.twitter.com/pYWZ2K9avX— Tahir Siddiqui (@TahirSiddiqui11) August 25, 2020
Meanwhile, heavy rain also caused a landslide near Rashid Minhas Road after which over a dozen cars and bikes were buried under the debris.
From 8am to 2pm, the highest amount of rain – 118mm – was recorded at Faisal Airbase followed by Saddar 77, Nazimabad 76.6mm, Gulshan-e-Hadeed 72 and Landhi 69.5mm.
Earlier, many parts of lower/southern Sindh were inundated as heavy rain lashed the region with water level rising to up to five feet in several localities of cities like Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas.
The latest spell of rains had started in Tharparkar on Sunday night and later spread westward on Monday. It is reported that parts of the district as well as Badin, Thatta and Hyderabad have been witnessing rain for the last 16 hours.
According to the Met Office, Mirpurkhas received 162 millimetres of rain during the past 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday. The amount of rain received in some other towns and cities is: Mithi 135mm, Hyderabad (City 133mm, Airport 128mm), Chhor 111mm, Karachi (Gulshan-e-Hadeed 105mm), Badin 109mm, Tando Jam 93mm and Thatta 72mm.
Once again Heavy Rain in Mithi Tharparkar pic.twitter.com/8tmjs109SO— Sanjay Soni (@sanjaysindhi65) August 24, 2020
Latifabad is one of the most affected area of Hyderabad as water level is rising amid persistent rain and poor drainage system. Similarly, situation is reportedly worsening in Tando Allahyar and Sanghar.
Once again #Hyderabad Rain Expose PPP, this is the situation of Hyderabad today. #HyderabadRains@SaeedGhani1 @murtazawahab1 @Xadeejournalist @WaseemBadami @nadia_a_mirza @nadeemmalik pic.twitter.com/2JGBdfrIy2— Hani Qureshi (@HaniQureshi5) August 25, 2020
In Tando Allahyar, rainwater entered the shops and houses, causing a huge to traders and citizens as the municipal authorities failed to tackle the situation.
But this situation is not limited to Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and the surrounding areas as most towns and cities in Tharparkar, Badin and Thatta are witnessing a similar situation.
Umarkot and pars of Tharparkar district are witnessing a flood-like situation with all the villages disconnected with the main urban centres.
Meanwhile, heavy downpour has cut off many rural areas from main towns and cities in Thatta, Badin and Hyderabad too after gushing either inundated or washed away the link roads.
The Met Office has predicted more rain in lower Sindh during the next 48 hours with Karachi expected to receive heavy downpour on Tuesday night. However, the weather system will produce rain in Balochistan as well as during the same period because of its westward movement.
Meanwhile, the upper parts of the country, which has remained dry for the last four days, too will start receiving rain from Tuesday night with the intensity increasing from Wednesday morning/afternoon. This spell is expected to more intense on Thursday till Friday morning.
Last week, Surjani Town – a locality located in the north-northeast of the port city – had received 173 millimetres of rain in just one hour on Friday, generating flash flooding in the area. As a whole, Surjani had experienced 186 millimetres of rain.
Roads and streets in various localities in and around Surjani – especially Yousaf Goth, Rahim Goth and Sector 4 – were already inundated before the Tuesday’s rain with the locals saying that the government and the elected representatives had left them at the mercy of nature.
As the rainwater gushed through the roads and streets while the level reaching up to five feet mark, many citizens lost everything like household items.
But it was not the just the residents and their homes, as the traders had suffered a loss to the tune of millions after rainwater inundated shops and markets.
In this situation, the PTI MNA, Aftab Jahangir, had to leave the area after facing a strong reaction from the citizens. Aftab had reached the area on Monday to assess the situation.
“Why you have come here now?” was the question he was asked by the angry crowd. “Where were you we were sinking? Did we vote for you so that you leave us on our own? Just go away,” was the reaction from the locals which prompted Aftab to drive back home.
Poor sewerage and drainage system coupled with the crumbling electricity infrastructure mean that the Karachiites may pray and hope for beautiful rainy weather, but their happiness and enjoyment always remain short-lived.