KARACHI: Many parts of Karachi were soaked on Tuesday morning as the fresh monsoon spell continued for the third day. Sindh’s metropolitan capital may receive up to 39mm rainfall today, the Met Office said in its weather update.
“Latest radar observations show more well-spread rain bands across almost the whole of Karachi city, means heavy downpour to continue further,” Sardar Sarfaraz, the chief meteorologist at Pakistan Meteorological Department Karachi, said in a tweet on Monday.
This amount of rain is double what Lahore and Islamabad have seen over the same July period.
🌧 July 2022 #KarachiRain totals:— Dawar Butt (@theLahorewala) July 26, 2022
PAF Masroor = 585mm
G. Hadeed = 566mm
DHA = 509mm
Faisal Base = 444mm
Quaidabad = 442mm
Surjani = 408mm
This is nearly double of what #Lahore & #Islamabad received over same period.
Masroor also received 204mm in last 24hrs—highest in July. ⛈
The Met Office has predicted rain in Karachi till Tuesday or Wednesday. At least four people died in rain-related incidents. Two bodies were brought to the Jinnah Hospital. Another two bodies were also brought to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, including a teenager and an unidentified man. All the victims died of electrocution.
Total rainfall (mm) recorded in Karachi last 24 hours on July 26 at 8am by PMD
The PMD has warned that heavy rains might generate urban and flash flooding in big cities during the monsoon spell.
It has advised travellers and tourists to remain more cautious during the forecast period.
Important roads cleared for traffic: Wahab
Murtaza Wahab, the Karachi administrator, visited different streets of Karachi to review the water drainage efforts in the wee hours of Tuesday.
“Good progress at the junction of Saba Avenue and Khayaban e Shahbaz where the water level has come significantly down & the Naala and sewerage appear to be taking water well,” he said in a series of tweets. The administrator thanked the DHA administration for allowing them to assist in the area.
“Visited different areas of the city. Important arteries and roads have been cleared for traffic. There were issues at Gulshan 13D, Haqqani Chowk & Tower. However, the staff & machinery were all present working even at this time,” he said.
Flash floods sweep away Hub river bridge section
Around 150 feet section of the Hub river bridge has been destroyed and washed away after its pillars got weak due to the flash floods. The bridge was closed for heavy traffic a few days ago.
The electricity supply to the Lasbela district got disrupted after the main transmission line was swept away in floods, bringing the production work at around three hundred industries to a halt.
The construction of a new pole would be started when the floods would end, sources at the K-Electric said. It added that it may take one to two weeks to restore the power supply in the area.