Heavy rainfall wreaks havoc in city

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Observer Report

The metropolis faced an immediate power outage as multiple areas experience rainfall on Friday, reports indicated, with numerous roads getting inundated with rain water, causing traffic jams.
Areas that received rainfall included Jamshed Road, Model Colony, Saddar, Clifton, Malir, Gulistan-e-Johar, Dhoraji, Bahadurabad, PECHS, Soldier Bazaar, University Road, Gulshan-e-Hadid, Abdullah Haroon Road, Shah Faisal Colony, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Fawwara Chowk, M.A. Jinnah Road, and Garden.
Electricity was cut as soon as light rain started in Kharadar, Akhtar Colony, Kashmir Colony, and Defence View.
On the other hand, there were traffic jams on numerous thoroughfares in the city, including Shahrah-e-Faisal, Johar Morr, Saddar, I.I. Chundrigar Raod, Denso Hall, Zainab Market, and M.A. Jinnah Road.
Furthermore, reports noted that trees near the Karachi Press Club (KPC) got uprooted and fell on nearby vehicles.
Water started stagnating at Ziauddin Ahmed Road, Teen Talwar, Do Talwar, Bath Island, Hotel Metropole, Nursery, Karsaz, Baloch Colony, Drigh Road, and President House Road.
Situation in the Airport police station’s surroundings worsened due to at least 1.5-foot deep rain water on the roads, including Drigh Road, with traffic coming to a halt. Officials under the leadership of superintendent of traffic police (SP) have employed large pumps to drain the stagnating water.In the East district, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jahangir Road, Gurumandir, PIB Colony, University Road, Awami Markaz, Club Chowk, Hassan Square, Hotel Mehran, Regent Plaza, Tibet Centre, Rimpa Plaza, Shaheen Complex, and PIDC Chowk also experienced the same.
More than a week ago, 15 people — including a child — had died of electrocution as light rain continued to pound many areas of the metropolis.
Power supply was cut off in multiple areas due to the rain under the influence of a monsoon system, health officials and volunteers of rescue services said.
The Sindh energy department has established a special rain emergency cell to provide emergency information about incidents of electrocution in the province during the current season of monsoon.
In this regard, Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh had on July 8 contacted the K-Electric’s chief executive officer, secretary for the federal power division, and the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) chairperson, urging them to immediately fix responsibility of the incidents of electrocution across the province. The rain emergency cell may be contacted from 10am to 5pm on the landline number 021-99207139.

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