The city of lights, Karachi that now looks not different than Venice; is struggling to stay afloat after two days of rain; however more is predicted till Thursday.
Despite of declared rain emergency; people wade through a flooded street with submerged vehicles. The Lath and Thaddo dams in Karachi have overflowed after a day of heavy rain. Surjani Town, Saadi Town and Safoora Goth are all at risk of major flooding. Flooding has also been reported in the Malir River.
As rains lashed the city Tuesday morning various localities, including North Karachi, New Karachi, North Nazimabad, Nazimabad, Clifton, Defence Housing Authority, MA Jinnah Road, Saddar, Sharae Faisal, PECHS, Tariq Road, Bahadurabad, Federal B Area, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Arambagh, Regal Chowk, Zaibunnisa Street, Nagan Chowrangi, KDA Chowrangi, Nipa Chowrangi, Hassan Square, Korangi, Liaquatabad, University Road, Gulistan-e-Johar, Qayyumabad Chowrangi, Guru Mandir and those in the suburbs, among others, were submerged in water.
Angry residents didn’t know what to do as the water entered their homes as well, destroying their belongings and leaving them without a place to sleep.
Pak Navy teams rescued people stranded in rain water in Dadabhai colony, Madina Town, Yar Mohammad Goth and other parts of the city.
People residing along Malir River and Sukhan river were also shifted to safer places as water entered in residential areas.
Meanwhile in main Quaidabad, much of the water has been removed from the main roads but traffic remains affected.
Cars and trucks are lined up from Malir Goth to the Quaidabad Bridge and the track leading towards the National Highway is also jam packed.
Sharae Faisal, the city’s main artery, drowned in two to three feet of rainwater. Korangi Causeway was again closed for traffic keeping in view the possibility of flooding in Malir River, and traffic at Godam Chowrangi was diverted towards Jam Sadiq bridge.
Earlier Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed Karachi Corps to step up flood relief operations to assist affected people due to recent rains in interior Sindh and Karachi.
According to the Director General (DG) Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces. Major General Babar Iftikhar;
COAS directed Karachi Corps to step up flood relief operations to assist affected people due to recent rains in interior Sindh and Karachi. “Troops must reach out to affected population in distress and extend all necessary care”, COAS .
#COAS directed karachi Corps to step up flood relief operations to assist affected people due to recent rains in interior Sindh and #Karachi. “Troops must reach out to affected population in distress and extend all necessary care”, COAS.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 25, 2020