At least five people were killed and many injured in heavy rain in Karachi

At least five people were killed and many injured in heavy rain in Karachi

KARACHI: Heavy rains in the metropolis have left at least five people dead, including a woman and a child, on Monday, rescue officials said.

Two of them died while the roof of Ibrahim Haidari's house collapsed, a three-year-old girl died in Malir's Shamsi society, and a woman died in Liaquatabad, he said. One child died of lightning in Orangi Town, Gorina, Moradabad.

Many people were injured in the collapse of the Pole-Mounted Transformer (PMT), said Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) spokesman Ibrahim Haidari. A five-year-old man was injured when a tree fell on the Korangi Sector 33-D, and the wall fell in Mali's memory goth.

Despite claims from the electricity supplier K-Electric that its system was improved earlier than expected, the rain predicted load-shedding in most neighborhoods.

The monsoon system has been in the southeast of Karachi since the morning and was strengthened by the humidity from the sea, which led to the first rainfall in the financial capital of Pakistan.

Earlier today, the director of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that thunderstorms were seen near Karachi and that the rain spell was "strong."

"Thundershowers have been raining in some parts of Karachi," he said, adding that strong winds and dark clouds were causing havoc on Mai Kolachi and Malir.

nd Shahra-e-Faisal is experiencing heavy rains.

A thunderstorm with wind speeds of up to 54 km per hour, a top PMD official said.

According to the figures provided by the Authority, the highest rainfall at Sadar was 43 mm (mm), Pakistan Air Force (PAF) 26 mm at Faisal Base, Najimabad 22 mm, and Palm Masroor Base 12 mm. , 8.8 mm. . Complete. 3.1mm at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, 3.1mm at Landy and 1.2mm at Surjani Town.

The torrential rains that started in Karachi's afternoon were reported to have struck two trees near Shah-e-Faisal and the Arts Council near Drug Road.

Despite the initial indication of PMD, there are no plans to handle traffic disruption from concerned authorities. Shahra-e-Faisal has limited visibility as heavy rain disrupts the flow of traffic, with rainwater stalling near the Guadabad Bridge.

Rashtrapati Bhavan Road, II saw a huge traffic jam. Chandigarh Road, and near the Governor's House. People returning home are stuck in traffic.

K-Electric said the system improved before the rain

Metropolitan's only electricity supplier, K-Electric, said Monday that it had taken significant steps to improve its distribution network before the rains in the city.

In an update, a K-Electric spokeswoman said protecting human life was a "top priority" for the company. He advised people to stay away from utility poles and broken wires during the rainy season.

Geo-tagging, etching, and grinding of high- and low-tension (HT and LT) columns are among the "admirable" measures taken to improve their systems.

"K-Electric was constantly active against the Kunda [illegal power connection] mafia and illegal Internet and TV cable at its pole," the spokesman said.

The official also said that action was being taken on improper streetlights and dangerous switches mounted on its utility poles.

The K-E spokesman said, "Human safety is our priority." “We hope the city government and related agencies will remove the rainwater soon.

The K-E spokesman said, "Human safety is our priority." “We hope the city government and related agencies will remove the rainwater soon.

"K-Electric crews are always busy with timely help with issues related to electricity," the spokesperson said, adding that people can immediately reach 118 or reach a social contact center if they have any complaints before or during the rain. Media platform.

Urban flood warning

A day earlier, the PMD had forecast monsoon rains in Sindh from this day, with heavy rainfall expected in several cities in the province.

PMD said in its daily report that heavy rains and thunderstorms are likely in Sindh and heavy rains are expected in some parts of Sindh. , Tata, Badin, Mirpur Khas, Islamkot, Tharparkar, Nagarparkar, and Mithi. "

It is expected that the monsoon system will enter Tharparkar from Gujarat, India on Sunday, with strong winds on Monday.

As a precaution, PMD Karachi and many other cities in Sindh will be affected by urban flooding as the monsoon rains in the province have increased. "Heavy rains are likely to cause urban flooding in Karachi, Thatta, Badin and Hyderabad on Monday and Tuesday."

It advises all concerned authorities to be “vigilant” and take necessary precautions during the forecast period.

In addition, the ruling PTI leadership in Sindh held a tight press conference on Sunday, demanding that the federal government bring in another company to distribute electricity in Karachi to end K-Electric’s “monopoly”. Done.

Opposition leader Firdaus Shamim Naqvi and Karachi residents in the Sindh Assembly, fueled by PTI leaders and Sindh Party MPs, said they were sick with K-Electric. When the city provides another system for power distribution, it is high time, he said.

"K-Electric does not have the capacity to generate more than 600 MW (MW) from the national grid.

The PTI Sindh leadership's fierce attack comes at a time when load-shedding is testing the patience of citizens, with power theft taking place in many parts of the city for up to 15 hours a day.

Last month, K-Electric Sindh Governor Emran Ismail assured the city that unannounced load-shedding would end in 48 hours, but load shedding in many parts of the city has increased.

Lightning was seen in most parts of the city between eight and 12 o'clock Saturday night. Many areas of the city were without electricity on Saturday.

Earlier, K-Electric chief executive Munis Alvi told Geo News program Nia Pakistan that there is currently no load-shedding in Port City.

Electric Utility has previously blamed furnace oil shortages and has pledged it will not go beyond Sunday. Talking to talk show host Shahzad Iqbal, Alvi said electricity demand had fallen to 3,000 megawatts, making the company easier to produce.

"The trouble starts when the load exceeds our 3,200 MW capacity and the demand goes up to 3,600 MW. There is no load shedding in the early days of the lockout in the city from March 20 to May 28.

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