KARACHI: At least 12 people were electrocuted and killed in rain-related incidents while various areas of Karachi were hit with power outages as heavy rain continued to lash parts of the metropolis and Sindh on Sunday.
The uninterrupted torrential downpour which started on Saturday morning has created a critical situation in Karachi.
According to the MET office, the most rainfall was recorded in Surjani Town with 150.6mm, followed by in Gulshan-e-Hadeed with 149mm. At the airport, 126mm rainfall was recorded, while 117.5mm rainfall was recorded in Landhi.
In PAF Masroor 110mm rainfall was recorded, while 121mm was recorded at Shahrah-e-Faisal in the last 24 hours. In Nazimabad 109.2mm rainfall was recorded while 110.2mmm was recorded in Gulistan-e-Jauhar.
The MET office further said they have recorded 110.7mm rain in the last 24 hours.
The intermittent spell would continue for the next 36 to 42 hours, the MET office had said in its weather advisory on Saturday.
The metropolis’s low-lying areas such as Landhi, Ilyas Goth, Ibrahim Haideri, Majid Colony UC 4, Shah Faisal, Malir, Scheme 33, Rehri Goth and Korangi, which were prone to urban flooding, were again inundated with reports of water accumulating around power installations and entering homes.
Ilyas Goth, Ibrahim Haideri, Majid Colony UC 4 were also among the areas that experienced torrential rain and urban flooding.
K-electric in a series of tweets said they had temporarily suspended power to those areas which are in a state of urban flooding in the interest of public safety.
“Restoration efforts are also severely hampered because of the challenging conditions caused by the relentless rain and water-logging which is now posing a serious threat to electrical installations,” KE said.
Restoration efforts are also severely hampered because of the challenging conditions caused by the relentless rain and water-logging which is now posing a serious threat to electricity installations. 4/5
— KE (@KElectricPk) August 10, 2019
“We urge civic bodies to ensure drainage of water as a prerequisite for the safe and swift restoration of power,” they added.
In another tweet, the power supply company said, power supply to parts of Bin Qasim, Korangi, Landhi, North Karachi had been deliberately suspended. However, power supply to most parts of Society, PECHS, Defence, Tariq Road etc is undisrupted.
“Our teams are available round the clock to restore and handle any localised faults. We regret the inconvenience and are grateful for your patience in this regard,” they added.
In Hyderabad, Matiari, Hala, Tando Muhammad Khan, Mirpurkhas, low lying areas experienced urban flooding along with power outages.
Commissioner Hyderabad said power supplier Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) has yet to restore power to the city, despite no rain.
“Due to the power outage, 120 pumping stations have stopped working and we have not been able to drain the water,” he added.
Pakistan Army, Rangers rescue operation
Contingents of Pakistan Army and Rangers arrived at the KDA grid station to remove water along with helping in removing submerged cars on the roads.
In Saadi Town, a contingent of Pakistan Army worked through the night at a cattle market to remove water from low lying areas.