At least four individuals were electrocuted in Karachi on Friday as torrential rains wreaked havoc on the municipal and K-Electric systems.
Under the impact of a monsoon system that is present in the south southeast of Karachi, different parts of the port city continued to experience moderate to heavy rains on Saturday.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, Saadi Town received the most rain, with around 81 millimeters, followed by Gulshan-e-Hadeed with 73 millimeters, PAF Base Faisal with 70 millimeters, Karachi University Road with 69 millimeters, North Karachi with 48 millimeters, Quaidabad with 35 millimeters, Surjani Town with 38.8 millimeters, and Orangi Town 11.6 millimeters.
Tania, a four-year-old child from Clifton’s Shah Rasool Colony, died of electrocution while playing outside her home in the rain, according to rescue sources. According to rescue sources, three others died of electrocution in the Baldia Town, Light House, and Sharifabad areas.
Met Office predicts more rain today
Meanwhile, the Met Office has forecast further rain in the port city on Saturday, along with thunderstorms (today).
As the monsoon system remains in the southeast of Karachi, moderate to heavy rains are anticipated in the city till today evening, according to the PMD.
The weather in Karachi is predicted to be partly overcast today, with a high temperature of 33 to 35 degrees Celsius, according to the Met Office.
Traffic jams, power outages
Power outages were reported in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Surjani Town, Boat Basin, Korangi, Shah Faisal Town, Ranchore Line, Keamari, Khadda Market, Sultanabad, North Karachi, Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Akhter Colony, and Lyari shortly after the rain began. The power supply to over 270 feeders is said to have been cut off.
Traffic jams were also recorded on Sharae Faisal, University Road, Rashid Minhas Road, NIPA, Sharae Pakistan, and other major and minor thoroughfares across the city. Later in the evening, a traffic jam was observed near Metropole Chowrangi. Traffic was also clogged in Baloch Colony, Nursery, and Karsaz.
Rainwater continued to accumulate in several places along the city’s major thoroughfare, Shahrah-e-Faisal, obstructing traffic flow and creating commuter inconvenience. Water collected near the port city’s Qayyumabad Chowrangi, Korangi Expressway, Baloch Colony Expressway, Shah Faisal Colony Liaquatabad, and other places.