Movement halted as rainwater floods thoroughfares

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The Karachi administration’s hollow claims regarding its preparations to deal with monsoon rains in the city were exposed once again after intermittent showers flooded major thoroughfares and other roads and streets of the city, causing hundreds of vehicles to break down as commuters tried to reach their destinations in knee-deep waters.

Parts of Sharea Faisal, one of Karachi’s busiest thoroughfares, were flooded with rainwater but it was removed from the road through suction pumps. However roads of the Saddar area, including II Chundrigar Road, the city’s business hub, remained submerged till late night.

The accumulation of rainwater on Korangi Road hampered the movement of traffic. All the roads surrounding II Chundrigar Road were also inundated making it impossible for any vehicle to ply.

Defence Housing Authority (DHA), one of the most affluent areas of Karachi, was also once again flooded for hours after the downpour. The power supply to most areas of the city was also cut for several hours.

Many areas of DHA were still without power when this story was filed in the late hours of Sunday. Rainwater also entered houses in many phases of DHA.

Rainwater could not be drained from District South’s old city areas of Kharadar, Mithadar, Boulton Market and Lyari.

The road leading to Korangi from Qayyumabad Chowrangi was completely closed for traffic movement.

Catastrophic situation was witnessed in some areas of Surjani Town where residents had to be rescued.

The entire road between Abdullah Chowk and Do Minute Chowrangi was completely submerged.

Rainwater also accumulated on the M9 motorway from Ayub Goth to Lasi Goth which caused hindrance in the traffic movement and several cars and motorcycle broke down.

Low-lying areas in Gabol Goth and Allah Baksh Goth were also inundated. The rain also created a huge pothole on the Malir River Bridge connecting Quaidabad and Malir 15.

Parts of District Central such as Yaseenabad, Muka Chowk, Ayesha Manzil, Saleem Center, Shadman Town, Nagan Chowrangi, Water Pump and Karimabad were also flooded. Five Star Chowrangi all the way to KDA Chowrangi was completely occupied by rainwater and traffic remained stuck there for hours.

 

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