Web Desk - Karachi came to a standstill position after receiving unprecedented heavy rains on Thursday as Sindh government is working hard to bring life back to normalcy by draining out the rainwater.
The city's business hub II Chungrigarh Road, University Road, Shahrae Faisal were inundated in some areas early in the morning, posing a grim challenge for daily commuters.
Chief Meteorological Officer (CMO) of Pakistan Meteorological Department predicted more showers on Friday, saying moderate spells of rain were possible in the city.
At least 23 people were killed in the metropolis in various rain-related incidents, according to Karachi police chief, Ghulam Nabi Memon. Two people were killed in roof collapse incidents, four people drowned, one person died due to electrocution, while another died in a motorcycle incident, said the additional inspector general. Most of the remaining deaths were caused by collapsing of walls.
Explaining the reason behind heavy rains, the PMD official said that Karachi had received unprecedented heavy rain due to the interaction of a monsoonal system in Sindh and a westerly wave from Balochistan on Thursday. He said,“In 15 hours from Thursday morning till night, over 230 mm of rain was recorded which was never observed ever before in such a short spell of time.”
Seeing the gravity of the situation, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah announced a public holiday across the province on Friday due to the rain emergency in several cities and towns of Sindh.
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had talked to CM Murad and offered all-out help to victims of rains in Karachi.
“The prime minister has talked to the Sindh chief minister and assured him of all-out help from the Centre and its institutions to the Sindh government. Whatever help is sought will be provided on [an] emergency basis,” the minister tweeted.
The Sindh chief minister had complained while talking on national media that Karachi was not among the priorities of the prime minister and the federal institutions did not think it proper to talk to the Sindh government. He said, “When we contact the Centre no reply comes from there.”
Army flood control rooms have been established in Karachi and Malir for assisting citizens in rain emergency, according to a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations. Army troops were also seen helping and rescuing people in rain affected areas of Hyderabad.
The following telephone numbers can be contacted for immediate assistance for Karachiites:
Another helpline number, 1135, has also been added to the control room.
The water level in Hub Dam, which supplies water to Karachi and meets the water needs of several areas in Balochistan, crossed the 339-foot mark yesterday and filled to its maximum capacity for the first time in 13 years.