Submerged Karachi to be hit by another rain spell from Saturday

By: News Desk      Published: 02:33 PM, 27 Aug, 2020
Submerged Karachi to be hit by another rain spell from Saturday

Karachi was inundated yet again on Thursday as heavy downpour lashed the city, where the latest monsoon system broke the 90-year-old rain record, as nullahs and drains overflowed, multiplying the miseries of the people, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

But there is more bad news for the Karachiites as the Met Office said that another monsoon weather system would start affecting the port city from August 29 (Saturday). The current spell of rain would continue to affect Karachi till Friday morning, it added.

This warning about the seventh rain spell came as Karachi is still reeling from the record-breaking sixth weather system which proved to be most devastating this season. 

In a tweet, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asked people to pray for those who are working day and night to help those people affected by the floods triggered by super monsoon rains.

The latest rain on Thursday inundated main arteries, streets, markets and low-lying areas where the people and traders have suffered huge losses this week.

As the rain with thunder and wind started hitting the port city again, the weary citizens didn’t hesitate sharing their fear, anger and anguish on social media.

People are facing severe difficulties in this situation as water level has risen to three to four feet in even posh areas like Clifton and DHA where the roads turned into rivers.

Similar, scenes are being witnessed in New Karachi, North Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Khokhrapar, PECHS, Buffer Zone, Manzoor Colony, Korangi, SITE and other localities where water have inundated the houses.

One can imagine the state of affairs by the fact that up to three feet water has accumulated in the premises of the Sindh High Court and other important buildings. 

Meanwhile, the K-Electric said that they were suspending the power supply to the affected areas to avoid any incident as water had submerged residential and commercial areas as well as the electricity facilities. 

Thousands of commuters are stuck on Shahrah-e-Faisal, MA Jinnah Road, University Road and other thoroughfares as the down lashed the city on a busy weekday.  

The downpour has also affected flight operations at Jinnah International Airport with several flights delayed.

And it is not a surprise that the spillways of Hub Dam – which is located in Balochistan but supplies water to Karachi due to its proximity to the port city – have been opened.

The reservoir can store water up to the level of 339 feet. But the water level has reached 338.5 feet due to the persistent rains in its catchment area. It would be for the first time in the last 13 years that the Hub Dam would reach its maximum capacity. 

It is feared that the dam overflow could cause a flood-like situation in the downstream area in case the rains continue to hit the region. That’s why flood alert has been issued to the people living along the riverbank.

It worth mentioning that the water supply from this dam had been reduced in the recent past after level decreased to an alarming level due to the drought being witnessed in many parts of Balochistan. Obviously, the Hub River catchment area was also facing the same problem. 

On the other hand, three people and six others injured lightning struck Mahi Makol – an area located in Qambar Shahdadkot located in east of Larkana and north of Dadu. The dead have been identified as Naeem, Naseem and Ejaz Ahmed.

Qambar and its surrounding areas have also received heavy rain in the latest monsoon spell which earlier played a havoc in southern and coastal parts of Sindh. During the last 24 hours, the amount of rain recorded in Mohenjo-daro was 100mm followed by Jacobabad 60 and Larkana 57.

Earlier, local officials had stated that several parts of Tharparkar districts received more than 500mm of rain since Monday.