Karachi rain: Flooded streets, traffic jams make life miserable for citizens

Karachi rain: Flooded streets, traffic jams make life miserable for citizens

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On Monday, most of Karachi was still flooded by rain as heavy rain hit the metropolis, causing citizens to suffer due to urban floods, long power outages and traffic jams.

Heavy downpour in Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Ayesha Manzil, Baldia, Power House Chowrangi, Orangi Town and Haideri caused roads and streets to become inundated. 

In addition, the accumulation of three to four feet of water in certain residential areas of the city hinders traffic flow and causes traffic congestion.

Although the metrology department earlier predicted that there will be a third storm in the monsoon, the government has not yet made arrangements to solve the long-awaited urban flooding problem in port cities.

As soon as it started to rain, many roads in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Gulistan-e-Jauhar were flooded. What followed was traffic jams and cars stuck on both sides of the safari park.

In this regard, Central District Chairman Rayhan Hashmi said that the urban flooding situation in the city will continue to remain unchanged until the rain stops. However, he said that the DMC Central District has tried its best to prevent the city from flooding.

“The situation calls for improving infrastructure in urban areas,” he added.

Since yesterday, with the third heavy rain that hit the city, at least eight people have been killed in rain-related accidents and more than 550 K-Electric (KE) feeders have tripped.

According to police, most deaths occurred due to electrocution in separate incidents across Karachi. Among the victims was a 10-year-old child, a resident of Gulshan-e-Hadeed Phase 2, a 22-year-old living from Landhi’s Qazzafi Town, and another person from Garden area’s Fawwara Chowk neighbourhood, rescue officials said.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) predicted last week that between July 26 and July 27, the monsoon in Karachi will have the third heavy rain and thunderstorm in the port city.

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