KARACHI: At least four people, including a four-year-old girl, were electrocuted in different incidents in Karachi while heavy rains continued on Friday.
The Met Office has set a maximum of 81 mm in Saadi Town, 73 mm in Gulshan-e-Hadid, 70 mm in PAF Base Faisal, 69 mm in Karachi University Road, 48 mm in North Karachi and 35 mm in Quaidabad. Meter, Surjani Town recorded 38.8 mm of rain. 11.6 mm in Orangi Town at the time of writing.
Heavy rains continued in different parts of the port city on Saturday morning due to the monsoon system in the southeast of Karachi.
Rescue sources said that a four-year-old girl named Tania was electrocuted while playing outside her house during rain in Clifton’s Shah Rasool Colony. Rescue sources said that three others were electrocuted in Baldia Town, Light House and Sharifabad areas.
More rain with thunderstorms is expected today.
The Meteorological Department has forecast more rains with thunderstorms in the port city on Saturday (today).
The PMD said the city is expected to receive moderate to heavy rains till this evening as the monsoon system is maintained in the southeast of Karachi.
The Meteorological Department said that the weather in the city will remain partly cloudy today while the maximum temperature in Karachi is expected to be between 33 to 35 degrees Celsius.
Flooded roads, power outages and traffic jams.
Immediately after the onset of rains, power outages were reported in several areas of the city, such as Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Surjani Town, Boat Basin, Korangi, Shah Faisal Town, Ranchoor Line, Kemari. Khada Market, Sultanabad, North Karachi, Defense Housing Authority (DHA) area, Akhtar Colony and Lyari. Power supply to more than 270 feeders is reportedly suspended.
Large-scale traffic jams were also reported on Faisal Street, University Road, Rashid Minhas Road, NEPA, Pakistan Street and other important or minor arteries of the city. A traffic jam was also reported at Metropole Chowrangi in the evening. Baloch Colony, Nursery, Karsaz were also closed for traffic.
Rainwater is still accumulated at various points along the city’s main artery, Shahra-e-Faisal, disrupting the flow of traffic and obstructing commuters. Water has also accumulated near Qayyumabad Chowrangi, Korangi Expressway, Baloch Colony Expressway, Shah Faisal Colony Liaqatabad and other areas of the port city.