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.
All efforts are being made to re-energise the affected areas. pic.twitter.com/En6HscN9Hu— KE (@KElectricPk) August 5, 2016
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.
Beautiful weather in karachi ! Rain after long time pic.twitter.com/Ra3rgbHFgR— dr shafqat soomro (@drssoomro) August 5, 2016
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.
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