KARACHI: Heavy rains along with strong winds lashed Karachi on Thursday, flooding major highways and wreaking havoc in the city.
It rained in different parts of the city today including Nazimabad, North Karachi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Orangi Town, Gulshan-e-Hadid, DHA Phase-II, Saadi Town and Kemari.
Long lines of bumper-to-bumper vehicles lined the city’s main arteries.
The accumulation of water made it difficult for commuters to reach the three main hospitals on Rafiqi Shaheed Road, including the National Institute of Child Health, Jinnah Hospital and the National Institute of Child Health.
Traffic was also jammed on various highways while traffic police were nowhere to be found.
Shahra-e-Faisal also faced traffic jams as rain water blocked the service lane. Traffic was also affected in Saddar, Regal Chowk and Fawara Chowk.
According to the Meteorological Department, the highest rainfall of 70 mm was recorded in Surjani Town, followed by 49.2 mm in North Karachi and 47 mm in PAF Base Faisal.
Meanwhile, 20.2 mm of rain till 5 pm in Nazimabad, 19.2 mm in Old Airport Area, 16.1 mm, 14 mm on University Road, 10.6 mm in Orangi Town and Jinnah Terminal, 8.5 mm in Quaidabad. 7 mm in DHA Phase II, 5 mm in Gulshan-e-Hadid, 3.6 mm in Gulshan-e-Maymar and 2.7 mm in Kemari.
The Meteorological Department has forecast more rains.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast thundershowers in many parts of the metropolis on Friday and Saturday.
PMD Director Sardar Sarfraz said that moderate to heavy rain is expected tonight and tomorrow. He warned of flooding in the low-lying areas of Karachi on Friday, saying that the monsoon system has been strengthened due to the humidity of the Arabian Sea.