The Meteorological Department has forecast more rains than usual in the monsoon this year and also issued a warning of urban flooding in major cities.
The Meteorological Department has recommended the National Disaster Management Authority and other agencies to remain alert and ensure timely cleaning of drains in the cities.
But will the drains filled with garbage be able to bear the burden of more rains? Citizens are worried about the lack of cleaning of drains in Karachi.
Due to lack of sanitation throughout the year in Karachi, drains have been filled with garbage and streams have also turned into narrow drains.
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar says he has written letters to the Sindh government regarding drain cleaning but has not received a reply.
“We don’t have the resources to clean all the drains,” he lamented, citing a lack of money as usual.
Note that the Meteorological Department has forecast monsoon rains in the country from July to September.
According to the Meteorological Department, this time the monsoon rains in the country will be 10 per cent more than normal while the monsoon rains in Kashmir and Sindh maybe 20 per cent more than normal.
Monsoon rains could cause flooding in the eastern rivers of the country and there would be a risk of urban flooding in major cities.
The monsoon rains will be beneficial for the rice crop, but the rains may be detrimental to the cotton crop, while the power sector and agriculture will have plenty of water.
The Meteorological Department has warned that the monsoon season will provide a favourable environment for locust breeding.
Dozens of people were killed in lightning strikes and other incidents during the monsoon rains in Karachi last year.