–Power outages reported across city as 550 K-Electric feeders trip
KARACHI: At least three people were electrocuted to death in in Karachi after heavy rainfall lashed several parts of the city on Sunday.
The torrential rain has flooded Surjani Town, Clifton, Gadap Town, Garden Town, Federal B Area and Jamshed Road while locals in Gulshan Iqbal, Liaquatabad, North Karachi, Landhi and Buffer Zone are facing electricity load-shedding.
The rain which started Sunday afternoon brought city life to a standstill. Rainwater inundated most parts of the city roads, which is causing problems for the masses.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the rainfall resulted under the influence of low-pressure area developed in India’s Gujrat.
According to the Met Office, the current spell of monsoon rains is likely to continue over the next 24 hours.
With heavy downpour, multiple areas of the port city underwent power outages as over 550 K-Electric (KE) feeders tripped.
Malir, Shah Faisal Colony, Gulistan-e-Johar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, FB Area, Liaquatabad, PIB Colony, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Korangi and Old City Area were reported to be without power as the rain started.
KE said that it would restore power as soon as it is safe to do so. A spokesperson for the power supplier said that electricity supply of low-lying areas and those with illegal hooks has been suspended.
“We urge government departments to work as quickly as possible to drain the water out of these areas,” the spokesperson said.
According to data provided by the Met Office, the highest rainfall was recorded in Gulistan-e-Johar, at 66 millimetres (mm), while 55 mm was registered at Old Airport and Pehlwan Goth, and 42 mm in Malir. The MET department said that the city could face urban flooding.
Separately, a rain emergency has been declared at the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) on the orders of Provincial Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, a KWSB spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said de-watering pumps have been deployed in low-lying areas and roads with the Board’s complaint centre to register complaints all night.