City faces power outages after first monsoon rain

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Parts of Karachi on Monday witnessed a power outage as soon as the city received its first rain of the monsoon spell, causing problems for the citizens.

The rain claimed the life of a young boy in Alfalah society. SHO Rashid Din said that Hammad was riding his bicycle when he encountered rainwater that had accumulated on the street. During this, he touched an electricity pole and was electrocuted, the official said.

Federal Minister for Shipping and Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi took the opportunity to criticise the Sindh government.”

The federal government has done and is doing all it can to help the useless and corrupt provincial Sindh government, who for years failed to clean the storm drains and pick up trash. Hope we don’t drown in our own garbage once again,” he said.

Data from the meteorological department showed that during the last 24 hours, Gulshan-i-Hadeed received the highest amount of rainfall (17mm), followed by PAF Faisal Base (5.0mm), University Road Met Complex (4.3mm), North Karachi (4.2mm), Landhi (4.0mm), Sadi Town (3.6mm), Jinnah Terminal (3.2mm), MOS – Old Area Airport (3.0mm), Surjani (2.8mm), PAF Masroor Base (1.0mm) and Nazimabad (1.0mm).

The sole power distributor in the city, K-Electric, confirmed the outages and said that electric supply from 500 of its feeders was interrupted after the rainfall.

“Some parts of Baldia, Surjani, Clifton, Defence Housing Authority (DHA) remained affected owing to electricity shutdown,” the power utility’s spokesman said adding that the Gadap area remained most affected during the outage.

The K-Electric spokesperson, however, said that 1400 feeders remained operational during the rainfall.“

We have dispatched our teams for restoring power supply,” the spokesperson said adding that supplying power to Dhabeji pumping station was among their priority.

It is pertinent to mention here the weather turned pleasant as large swathes of Karachi experienced moderate to heavy rainfall on early Monday morning.

There was heavy precipitation in multiple parts of the metropolis, including Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Malir, Site Area, Nazimabad, Sohrab Goth, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Superhighway, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Korangi, and other areas.

Met office said that low air pressure entered the city from Gujrat and most rainfall was recorded in Gulshan-e-Maymar-17mm while the airport area recorded the least with 3mm.“More rain is expected in the evening,” the PMD said.

 

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