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Karachi Rain: Death Toll Rises to 23, More predicted on Friday

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

28th Aug, 2020. 10:30 am
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At least 23 people were killed in Karachi in various rain related  incidents, whereas Pakistan Meteorological Department predicted more showers on Friday.

According to the details, Almost all the major roads of the city including II Chungrigarh Road, University Road, Shahra e Faisal, and underpasses in the city were inundated with no sign of them being cleared anytime soon.

Ghulam Nabi Memon, who is the police chief of the city, said 23 people were killed in Karachi in various rain related incidents.

Chief Meteorological Officer (CMO) of Pakistan Meteorological Department Sardar Sarfraz has predicted more showers today saying moderate spells of rain were possible in the city till afternoon.

The PMD official said that Karachi received unprecedented heavy rain due to interaction of a monsoonal system in Sindh and a westerly wave in Balochistan on Thursday.

“In 15 hours from Thursday morning till night, over 230 mm of rain was recorded which was never observed ever before in such a short spell of time,” he said.

Power outages extend to over 24 hours 

Widespread outages of electricity that extended for more than 24 hours, added misery to the residents of Karachi.

The outages were doubly frustrating to some as KE,  failed to restore electricity to large parts of the city more than 20 hours.

“Many KE vehicles got stuck in flooded roads and streets across the city. Also, our staff is working in long shifts because relievers were unable to make into service centers due to water logging,” the company said in a statement issued earlier today.

The KE warned that the restoration work may take more than expected time as the situation is difficult.

Mobile Services

Mobile and internet services have been affected in the metropolis after heavy rain wrecked havoc in the city.

The internet services were already affected by the rains in Karachi, and now mobile networks are no longer working.

People are facing a lot of difficulties to communicate with their relatives and family in this difficult time.

PTCL’s internet Wi-Fi service was also badly affected due to the heavy rainfall received in Karachi.

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