Rains kill 80 people across Sindh, says Murad

By: News Desk      Published: 11:42 AM, 28 Aug, 2020
Rains kill 80 people across Sindh, says Murad
Mourners carry the coffin of a victim who was killed after a wall collapsed due to heavy monsoon rainfalls that triggered floods, in Karachi.–AFP

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said that the recent heavy rains have claimed 80 lives across Sindh.

Addressing a news conference in Karachi on Friday, 47 of the fatalities were reported in Karachi.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan has contacted Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and assured him of ‘every possible’ help after the provincial government declared Karachi a disaster-hit city where 23 people have so far been killed by the continuous heavy monsoon rains, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.

Imran Khan contacted the Sindh Chief Minister and offered all-out help to victims of rains in Karachi.

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar in a tweet said: “The prime minister has talked to the Sindh chief minister and assured him of all-out help from the Centre and its institutions to the Sindh government. Whatever help is sought will be provided on emergency basis.” 

The Sindh government declared Karachi a disaster-hit area as at least 23 people were killed and many others injured in rain-related incidents after Thursday’s heavy downpour.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has warned that Karachi will receive more on Friday with Thatta and surrounding areas to face the worst.

It has already been predicted that another spell of rain would start affecting the port city from Saturday (August 29), meaning that there is no or very little gap between the two weather systems.   

Seven of these citizens – women and children – died when lightning hit the wall of an apartment building – Saima Square 1 – in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, causing its collapse.

And in PECHS, a girl paralysed by polio drowned as water submerged her house. Other deaths were reported from various localities including Tariq Road, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Ram Swami, DHA and Purana Dhobi Gath.

Karachi faced the latest round of devastation as the rain broke all the previous records of daily amount. In fact, the city received 230mm of rain in just 12 hours at PAF Faisal Base. 

Previously, 211mm of rain was recorded on July 26, 1967. However, it had been reported in 24 hours, not just 12.

Last week, the Surjani Town area of Karachi had received 173mm of rain in one hour, clearly showing the climate change is affecting this part of the world badly.

The amount of rain recorded in different parts of Karachi during the last 24 hours [from 8am on Thursday to 8am on Friday] is: PAF Faisal Base 230.5mm, Surjani 195.1mm, Kemari 169, North Karachi 167.8, Nazimabad 162.3mm, PAF Masroor Base 154mm, Saddar 142.2mm, Landhi 126, Old Airport 121.9mm, University Road 105mm and Gulshan-e-Hadeed 49mm.

Meanwhile, many parts of the city are still submerged with people losing all the valuables after rainwater reached over five feet level even in posh districts.

On the other hand, the latest round of heavy rains that started hitting Tharparkar on Monday have destroyed chilli and cotton crops on thousands of acres of land in Umarkot and surrounding areas.

In this situation, not only farmers but also tenants and other landless people have taken refuge along roads but no one has so far reached them with assistance.