Karachi plunges into darkness as rain pours down

Downpour causes massive traffic jams and gridlocks in various parts of the metropolis

News Desk August 05, 2016
A view of a street in Karachi on Friday August 5, 2016. PHOTO: Shafaq Naveed/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Over 400 feeders of K-Electric — Karachi’s power utility company — tripped, plunging major parts of the city into darkness as the metropolis received the second spell of the year’s monsoon rain on Friday.

Although no major human losses were reported in rain-related incidents, dozens of motorcyclists were injured when their two-wheelers slipped on the slush created by the drizzle before the heavy spell.


According to the power supply company, the suspension of electricity was caused by the tripping of extra high tension wire, and its teams are working to normalise the situation.

The rain resulted into massive traffic jams and gridlocks in various parts of the city, including Shahrae Faisal, Karsaz, Hassan Square, University Road, Defence, Clifton, North Nazimabad, Qayyumabad Chowrangi, Landhi and Korangi, among others.

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Meanwhile, several districts of Sindh, including Sukkur and Badin, also received heavy downpour that continued for hours.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Met Office had forecast rain in lower parts of Sindh, including Thatta, Badin and Mithi.

The weather forecast indicated the temperature will remain between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius for Thursday in Karachi, according to Karachi Met office director Abdul Rashid.

The pressure system that developed in Rajasthan, India, has grown over time and has now reached rural Sindh, said Rashid, adding that the rain will continue for three days.

Meanwhile, at least four people died due to rain-related incidents in the city, according to Express News.


ajeet | 6 years ago | Reply @Raj Kumar: Funny that I'm an educated dalit who used the quota system to improve my life. Try to work and improve yourself.
Lifetalk | 6 years ago | Reply Develop a method of creating rain artificially. Then let it rain over Pakistan for a week. Watch as the entire country's infrastructure crumbles and take over. No war necessary. Im surprised this country is still standing independent.
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