Karachi receives persistent rain, electricity supply suspended in majority areas

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A new spell of rain began Friday evening in Karachi after heavy rain with strong winds lashed multiple areas of the city in the morning.

Showers were recorded in Shah Faisal Town, Malir, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Karachi, Shah Town, Shah Latif Town, Superhighway, Gadap, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Malir, Airport, Satellite Town, Landhi, Saadi Town, Model Colony and surrounding areas.

After the first spell of rain in the morning at around 11am a new spell began in the evening.The weather has become pleasant and people have taken to the streets to enjoy the rain.

Before Friday’s second spell, the Met Office reported the highest rainfall of 41mm was recorded in Saadi Town.

Near the University Road, 33mm rain was reported. Jinnah Terminal received 17.8mm rain, while PAF Base and Orangi town saw 16.8mm and 8mm rain respectively.

Immediately after the rain started, power outages were reported in multiple areas of the city such as Ranchore Line, Keamari, Khadda Market, Sultanabad, North Karachi, Sujrani Town, Defence Phase-II, Akhter Colony, and Lyari. The electricity supply to more than 270 feeders has been suspended.

According to K-Electric, special teams have been dispatched to multiple areas where faults have been reported.

Supply to areas with a high incidence of theft and kunda usage may be shut down for emergency reasons, the company tweeted, advising people to continue taking safety precautions maintaining a safe distance from electricity infrastructureThe showers left multiple roads in the city inundated resulting in massive traffic jams.

Children were stuck in their school vans for hours. The second spell in the evening forced many people to stop by the roadside.

In Defence, Lyari and Nipa, the roads have been flooded with rainwater and sewage. People have complained that they have no option but to walk in this black water.

They have asked authorities to take action.The PMD had predicted that Karachi would receive rain on Friday and today (September 4).

A low-pressure system in the Arabian Sea could cause thunderstorms and heavy rains in the city till September 4, the Met Office said.

A rain emergency has been imposed across Sindh, especially in Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Larkana, Jamshoro, and Sanghar, on the directions of Sindh Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Ali Shah.

Meanwhile, the K-Electric has said only some Karachi areas suffered power outages on Friday.

The KEstatement said only some areas, where power theft is rampant, suffered the losses۔Some areas experienced temporary power outages due to rain but mostly electricity was available. All our installations are safe, it said.

On the other hand, contrary to KE statement and in what has now become a routine, most parts of Karachi faced power outages as soon as the rain lashed parts of the city on Friday with K-Electric saying areas having kundas (hooks) may suffer from load shedding in order to avoid any harm to human lives.

 

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