Karachi still unprepared as third spell inundates roads- Samaa Digital

 

Photo: Online

Roads were inundated and many gutters overflowed yet again after heavy rain with strong winds lashed parts of Karachi Wednesday. 

North Karachi received the most rain and it was recorded to be 53mm. University Road received 50mm, Faisal Base 45mm, Surjani Road 12 mm, Jinnah Terminal 9mm, Landhi 32mm, Gulistan-e-Jauhar 38mm, Jinnah Terminal 40mm, Nazimabad 21mm, and Saddar 40mm.

The K-Electric suspended power supply to multiple areas of Karachi as soon as it began to rain. Power was restored after five hours, but suspended again after 9pm once again.

Under its new strategy, the power utility shut down 500 power feeders to prevent electrocution related deaths. More than 31 people were killed in electrocution-related deaths when heavy rains lashed Karachi during Eidul Azha.

A KE spokesperson advised people to stay away from broken wires, electric poles and PMTs. He said special care should be taken of children during the ongoing rain spell.

The power utility’s spokesperson added that wires and switches should not be touched with bare feet or wet hands.

You can call KE on 118 to report any emergency, he said.

A view of Naagin Chowrangi after rain. Photo: Online

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Rain is also expected Thursday night and will continue till Friday, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department. The new rain system has entered Karachi from Bengal.

Rehan Hashmi, the chairman of Central DMC, was asked about the drainage in his district. “Water will accumulate every time it rains,” he said. SAMAA TV anchor asked him about the budget he receives for clearing the rainwater and repairing roads, along with the number of people working for the district. He, however, said that the focus should be on rain and not such “non-issues”.

A view of Sakhi Hasan Chowrangi. Photo: Online

He remarked that he doesn’t have funds to solve the problems in District Central.

The district receives Rs7.66 billion of funds and at least 10,155 work in the DMC. He said that this is justified because it is the biggest district.

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The SAMAA anchor told him that the population of District Central and District East is the same according to the census. He, however, challenged this figure. “You should get your facts checked first,” he told the anchor and refused to acknowledge the results of the census.

District East, on the contrary, is allocated a budget of Rs2.6 billion and 3,800 people work for it.

Power breakdown at Pipri pumping station

Water supply has been suspended from the Pipri pumping station since 9:10pm due to a power breakdown, according to Karachi’s water board. The suspension will affect the Landhi, Korangi, Qayyumabad, DHA, Karsaz and Shah Faisal Colony areas.

Schools closed

All schools across Karachi will remain closed on August 29 (Thursday) because of heavy rain, the All Sindh Private Schools’ Association announced Wednesday night.

It will be difficult for children and teachers to reach school due to the rain, the association’s president, Haider Ali, said.

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