Rain in Karachi: 16 dead as Army called in for support

Published: August 3, 2013

Residents however cannot eat rain-related snacks due to the month of Ramazan. SCREENGRAB: EXPRESS NEWS

Karachi. PHOTO: KHAN MUHAMMAD OSAMA SHAUKAT Residents however cannot eat rain-related snacks due to the month of Ramazan. SCREENGRAB: EXPRESS NEWS

KARACHI: Heavy rain throughout the day has led to flooding in Karachi and Hyderabad. The government’s insufficient capacity to improve the situation has led to the army being called in for support, Express News reported.

The city of lights, Karachi, has been plunged into darkness as a result of the rain with many feeders tripping. At least 16 people have reportedly died in the city as a result of rain related incidents including two children who were electrocuted.

The city has on average received as much as 60mm of rain. Hyderabad has received 13mm of rain.

Express News correspondent Aftab Khan said that the army has been sent to Karachi and they will primarily work in the Malir area and then make their way to other areas to drain stagnant water.

On Saturday, 115mm of rain has been recorded in Karachi.

Aftab Khan said that KESC has reported that 400 feeders have tripped as a result of the rain.

Express News correspondent Nadeem Ahmed reported that around 50 shanties have been swept away as a result of the flooding in Lyari.

Emergency declared in Karachi due to monsoon rain 

Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui declared an emergency in the city following flooding on roads caused by a spell of monsoon rain, Express News reported on Saturday.

The Health Department Sindh has declared emergency in all government hospitals and leaves of medical and para-medical staff have been cancelled.

Reportedly, some areas are affected as there is no electricity due to the rain.

Many commuters were stranded after their cars stopped working in the rain. People are helping themselves as there are no authorities present.

Two children have lost their lives so far, due to a roof collapse and electrocution.

Karachiites said the following on the twitter:

Other cities of Pakistan have already experienced some monsoon showers, such as Lahore and Islamabad.

Flash floods triggered by heavy rains claimed at least 19 lives and injured another 42 people across the country on Friday, as officials warned residents up north the worst still lay ahead.

Parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas were worst affected by the torrential rains.

Rains lash parts of Sindh

Heavy rain also lashed Hyderabad‚ Mirpur Khas‚ Badin‚ Tando Allahyar‚ Tando Mohammad Khan‚ Sanghar and other districts of Sindh, Radio Pakistan reported.

At least eleven people have been killed in a rain related incidents and seventy other injured.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed all Commissioners‚ Deputy Commissioners and irrigation and local bodies’ institutions to remain on high alert to tackle the situation.

The Chief Minister also directed concerned authorities to take immediate steps for draining out water from low lying areas particularly underpasses in the city.

Meanwhile‚ the Fisheries Department has advised fishermen to avoid going to the sea for fishing.

Sindh Senior Minister Nisar Ahmed Khoro has declared emergency in the Larkana after heavy rain in the city and cancelled the leave of Municipal Administration.

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Reader Comments (51)

  • Aysha M
    Aug 3, 2013 - 11:21AM

    Karachi remains deprived, even its share of monsoon rains is delayed. :)

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  • JJ
    Aug 3, 2013 - 11:42AM

    WELCOME MR.MONSOON ……..u r very rare fo rKarachiites.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 3, 2013 - 12:38PM

    I welcome the monsoon season in Karachi.

    In the rainy season I am remembering the deceased singer Akhlaq Hussain who has sung the song “Sawan Aayee, Sawan Jayee, Tujh Ko Pokareen Meet Haramey……..”

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  • Aysha M
    Aug 3, 2013 - 1:25PM

    Karachi wants its Mustafa Kamal back

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  • Overseas Pakistani
    Aug 3, 2013 - 1:46PM

    Please do not say anything wrong for rain..it is the blessing for the people by Allah…enjoy it and thank Allah for this gift…

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  • Khurram Manzoor
    Aug 3, 2013 - 2:01PM

    @Aysha M:
    He was mayor of the city for such a long period of time. What did he do? Nothing. Didn’t even overhaul the sewerage system.

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  • Unaccepted son of soil aka Karachi Wala
    Aug 3, 2013 - 2:11PM

    @ Overseas Pakistani
    You can say that beacuse you dont leave here..

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  • Aysha M
    Aug 3, 2013 - 2:15PM

    @Khurram Manzoor:
    Even his most bitter political adversaries have acknowledged his achievements as the city mayor.

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  • akhtar baloch
    Aug 3, 2013 - 2:36PM

    Its amazing that even after over 60 years of independence our infrastructure is still incapable of keeping out some rain.

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  • jssidhoo
    Aug 3, 2013 - 3:28PM

    If it is any consolation Delhi and Mumbai have already been flooded this year , we are in the same boat

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  • salman
    Aug 3, 2013 - 3:33PM

    Naimutullah was far better mayor then Mustafal kamal.

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  • Raisani
    Aug 3, 2013 - 4:17PM

    Karachi needs some young energetic administration at commissioner and administrator level.The two uncles on both posts right-now are too old to handle such emergency.Recommend

  • indi
    Aug 3, 2013 - 4:54PM

    @akhtar baloch: try getting buses which aren’t broken in ur commecial capital then talk about other things… bye bye :DRecommend

  • Faraz
    Aug 3, 2013 - 5:23PM

    @Aysha M:
    Ayesha it would be Better if u would have just answered to what Khurram Manzoor has said about the sewerage system.U better answer his genuine question instead of acting politically smart.

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  • Syed
    Aug 3, 2013 - 5:47PM

    Dear Lord, thank you for the rain.

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  • zulfiqar
    Aug 3, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Good Army has been called in.After handling the monsoon flooding they should stay on and clean up Karachi of the law and order problem

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  • jibran
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:02PM

    @Aysha M:
    @salman:
    After decade long tenures of “better than the best” mayors, the sewer system, and infrastructure still remain crippled. Now we know where the money discovered in London in Scotland yard raid was coming from.

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  • Shahid Khan
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:15PM

    What is army going to do? Have they even seen the state of cantonement areas? The average state of affairs in Korangi Creek Cantonement, Faisal Cantonement and Clifton Cantonement is worse than corresponding localities of similar stature under civilian administration.

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  • Sunny
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:18PM

    @ Ayesha M
    not a MQM supporter, but still salute & miss Mustafa Kamal, will certainly vote for Mustafa Kamal in upcoming local bodies elections if held anytime .

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  • saeed
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:19PM

    @Faraz:
    In Pakistan, nothing is wrong or right. If something is done by opponent, its always wrong no matter what. If something is done by favourate, its always right. Obviously, either you dont live in Karachi or your permanant address is outside karachi.

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  • Aysha M
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:20PM

    @jibran:
    So lame.
    MQM has been accused of hundred and one things, not once of financial irregularities by any of its elected representatives.
    Please dont think too hard about the source of money wait for SLY to conclude their investigations.

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  • Muhammad Usman
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:26PM

    people forget what happened to toronto and calgary thisyear

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  • indi
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:36PM

    i wonder if pakistan’s army can clean up the terrorists holed up in karachi….nah…. this seems a lot better…….

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  • Deep Throat
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:38PM

    @Aysha M:
    Do you know; all the projects Mustafa Kamal worked-on in Karachi, were actually brainstormed and penned by Naimatullah Khan – Mustafa Kamal just did the implementation of those- sine Naimatullah Khan`s tenure came to end.
    You would be surprised to know Naimatullah khan was ranked amongst top 50 mayors of the world.

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  • ashar
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:54PM

    God save Karachi from Mustafa Kamal.

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  • Faraz
    Aug 3, 2013 - 6:59PM

    @saeed:
    I Live in Karachi and will inshALLAH till rest of my life. Stop being so-called thaikedaars of Karachi. the guy just asked a genuine question so u guys should straightly answer, instead of preaching Political agendas here by telling people that who’s right or who’s wrong. People are not too smart to decide by themselves, so let them handle it, lets not just get into it. You just simply answer the question n that’s it.

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  • NOU
    Aug 3, 2013 - 7:25PM

    @Deep Throat:
    @Khurram Manzoor:
    And what you conveniently forget is that it was MQM and the rabita-council’s vision dossier which was stolen by Nimatullah Khan . Niamat then flogged those plans as his own. Thankfully he left and MQM could carry out their original plans.
    You might describe this bit of information as fanciful thinking but I think you would be in denial if you do that.

    CIao.

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Aug 3, 2013 - 7:36PM

    @Aysha M:
    I have to agree with you that Mustafa Kamal’s administration was one of the best the city of karachi has had. Even if one has issues with mqms as a party, one has to give credit when credit is due.

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  • Faraz
    Aug 3, 2013 - 7:54PM

    @saeed:
    I Live in Karachi and will inshALLAH till rest of my life. Stop being so-called thaikedaars of Karachi. the guy just asked a genuine question so u guys should straightly answer, instead of preaching Political agendas here by telling people that who’s right or who’s wrong. People are now too smart to decide by themselves, so let them handle it, lets not just get into it from matters that who;s from where. You just simply answer the question n that’s it.

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  • Ali
    Aug 3, 2013 - 7:57PM

    @Aysha M:
    Yes, we all appreciate his services, he made hundreds of roads and flyovers, but that was his job, and he pocketed billions of rupees in the process, so he didnt do us any favors. Please get real.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Aug 3, 2013 - 8:03PM

    @akhtar baloch:
    “Its amazing that even after over 60 years of independence our infrastructure is still incapable of keeping out some rain.”

    .
    The scanty understanding of the enormity of the problem itself is more than amazing . Explosion of population, falling value of the national currency, job scarcity, rapid urbanisation, poor national and local planning, substandard workmanship, lack of sufficient funding etc, all have a cumulative effect. That’s why we are where we are.
    .
    We should not forget the rise in over all temperature of the globe is having adverse effect on the total environment. Even the advanced countries are unable to cope with the new challenge.

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  • khalid
    Aug 3, 2013 - 9:04PM

    Again political blame game has started the fact is that sewerage and the rainstorm system is in a complete mess, no body has come out with a proper plan whether it be MQM,JI, PPP etc etc, garbage disposal system is primitive also, our leadership has other priorities rather than well fare of citizens… no matter which party they belong to we are fools and naive to keep on supporting them blindly…

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  • mk
    Aug 3, 2013 - 9:05PM

    200mm rain pours in Islamabad at a much faster rate and it remains un-flooded. Why is KHI drowning with 80mm of rain. Chief Minister – is it time to call for your head? I think so. This is his 2nd term and he has done absolutely nothing to fix the drainage system in KHI / generally in Sindh. I CALL FOR THE CM OF SINDH TO STEP DOWN! He has to be held accountable otherwise people of Sindh will keep suffering at the hands of incompetent administrators

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  • Raisani
    Aug 3, 2013 - 9:18PM

    Rain in Karachi: Army called in for support: ET
    Pitty the Nation where army is being called to drain the rain n sewerage water. Shame for all the concerned departs n bodies.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Aug 3, 2013 - 9:29PM

    @mk:

    Many areas of Karachi are below sea level and Karachi is not an organised city but a sprawling metropolis 15 times the size of Islamabad. The overall situation in Karachi is not that bad and media continues to focus on certain areas. Kindly read the other article; personnel responsible are being taken to task.

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  • Bhaimeray
    Aug 3, 2013 - 9:48PM

    All the Army bashers out there, please note the inability of the provincial government to do anything on their own and the Pakistan Army’s capability and willingness to assist the people of Karachi in this time of need. Maybe they should be handed over Karachi and wipe it of its dirty elements. Beware certain prominent political parties.

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  • afzal
    Aug 3, 2013 - 9:51PM

    Well those questioning what Mustafa Kamal had done for the city, should try to check his popularity in the city. Irrespective of his associations with a political party he remains one of the most popular Karachites among all ethnic entities of the city.

    He did a great job in putting up the infrastructure during 4 years he had held office. This infrastructure has to be maintained and monitored. There has been no local government in the city for the last 5 years and worst no Money for Karachi :). (check the budget of Isb and Khi even the later has 10 times more population, Karachi budget is only double that of Isb). Well there is no space and time to detailed the infrastructure development done by Mustafa Kamal, those interested or envy him :) can search internet.

    You have to remember he had the authority of Mayor did not had the executive power of the province (as Shahbaz Sharif has) . I still remember the time when Mustafa Kamal ordered partial demolishing a house of a VIP built on a nullah for draining water in Clifton :)

    There are approx 40 drains in Khi many of them encroached, needs billions of rupees to clean them. Will Federal Government provide money for that? Will political parties make lots of noice if encroachments are removed?

    Its high time that Karachities take control of the city and enforce PPP to introduce City District Government. If MQM and PTI considered themselves representative of the city I would ask all the city dwellers to influence their respective political parties to rally for city district government system before it gets too late.

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  • Aftab
    Aug 4, 2013 - 12:26AM

    Those questioning what Mustafa Kamal did for Karachi when rains do the damage definitely have the right to ask the questions. But then they should also have the courage to analyse the problem. One doesn’t need an engineering degree to understand that any system built 6 or 8 or 10 years ago require continuous maintenance particularly inspection and cleaning before the Moonsoon. Can they answer why a sewerage system which worked for a number of years after they were built are not now working? There are so many enemies of MQM who spend all their lives to find any issue to blame MQM have never charged MQM for financial corruption, fake degrees, and other similar corruption acts which all the political parties have committed from time to time. Finally, I can only wish that the amount alleged to be taken by authorities from MQM offices in London would be enough to build or repair the sewerage system of Karachi. It is not even enough to support an overseas visit by the political leaders recently gone abroad.

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  • Morons
    Aug 4, 2013 - 12:38AM

    To all the haters of Mustafa kamal. If you have the slightest of common-sense, you wouldn’t have pointed out the problem with sewerage. Sewerage systems need regular maintenance and thats the work of local bodies (which does not exist since 2008). Besides, overhauling sewerage system requires billions of rupees and public support. You all will have to sacrifice your homes for laying down new sewerage lines which no one is ready to do.

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  • Imran
    Aug 4, 2013 - 12:47AM

    Karachi Missing Mustafa Kamal

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  • Aysha M
    Aug 4, 2013 - 1:14AM

    @Khurram Manzoor:
    Unbelievable prejudice

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  • Aysha M
    Aug 4, 2013 - 1:24AM

    Whoever wants Karachi to be ‘saved from Mustafa Kamal’ cannot be a true and sincere Karachite.
    A true and sincere Karachite is a person who has just one and only one home address in the whole of Pakistan and that is a location in Karachi. All else are gold diggers who do not want a genuine leadership to return to the metropolis

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  • Aysha M
    Aug 4, 2013 - 1:26AM

    @Deep Throat:
    Nobody knows that except you.
    The world lauded efforts made by Mustafa Kamal and did not feel the need to out source the credit to anybody, let alone the person mentioned in your comment

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  • Mishrab
    Aug 4, 2013 - 1:42AM

    @mk
    This city do not recieve its due share from what it earn for the whole nation.

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  • Polpot
    Aug 4, 2013 - 1:43AM

    NS calls for Chines help against massive rainfall in Karachi
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The Chinese cell is busy looking into the issue.

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  • ashar.lodi
    Aug 4, 2013 - 11:35AM

    @Ali:
    The real question is did Karachi ONLY needed roads, flyovers and underpasses (even those without proper drainage)?

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  • Aysha M
    Aug 4, 2013 - 2:55PM

    Karachi that generates maximum revenue for the federation and the province is dispossessed by those in power. An appointed bureaucrat does not have interest or stakes high enough to be fully engaged to sort out the challenges and issues of the city. Only an elected government which is truly representative of the people can actually be on ground to serve the people

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  • afzal
    Aug 4, 2013 - 7:50PM

    The naivety will kill me. Roads, flyover and underpasses are part of critical infrastructure esp where 2.0 million travel every day for work.

    Underpasses like in any part of the world are drained through pumps which needs to be operated when water starts accumulating. UNDERPASSES cannot be drained through GRAVITY because they are below the sea level. It was the responsibility of the Administrator to ensure that pumps/generators where available at each underpass to ensure proper drainage.

    Mustafa Kamal invested billions in the drainage and fresh water pipelines (you can always get info from net), the problem is that with Karachi population increasing every day, the infrastructure needs to be expanded and maintained through investing MONEY. You cannot leave it for 3 years without any maintenance and wake up one day crying about what has happened. Again the only solution is total devolution of power at grass root level for these civic amenities. Besides federal and provincial government has to provide money to Karachi

    We all Pahtans, Mohajirs, Punjabis, Sindhis, Seraikis, Bengalis, Burmese, Hazaras, live and benefits from this city. We need to take ownership and do the right thing for Karachi by demanding a City District Government which will benefit all.

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  • Mekaal Shahriyar
    Aug 5, 2013 - 10:07AM

    Feudal sind government has 200% interest in Karachi development funds and 0% interest in development of Karachi

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  • Mekaal Shahriyar
    Aug 5, 2013 - 4:03PM

    @Deep Throat: Not all projects though many projects. I have been to Naimutullah Khan’s complete briefing on current and incoming projects at that time

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  • Hassan Syed
    Aug 7, 2013 - 12:39PM

    Root cause is small sewarage pipes. Please check on net the sewarage system of Moscow (Russia). Their pipes are at least 10 feet tall.

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