KARACHI: With six more people dying in rain-related mishaps on Wednesday, the death toll since heavy showers started lashing the city two days ago has reached 24.
Five people were electrocuted and a child drowned, according to Edhi and Chhipa rescue services.
Of them, two men riding a motorcycle were electrocuted in Korangi.
They came into contact with broken electricity wires on the road near Abu Zar Bakery.
Their bodies were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and then to the Edhi morgue for identification.
Babar, 22, died near his home in Orangi Town after he came in contact with a snapped electricity cable.
Javed Waheed, 45, was electrocuted in Sector 5-D in New Karachi while working inside his house. And Waheed, 23, also died of electrocution near Hazara Chowk in Baldia Town’s Gulshan-e-Ghazi locality.
A 12-year-old boy, Hasnain Ibrahim, drowned while playing in an underground water tank at his house in Lyari.
The heavy rain started on Monday, piling up problems on Karachiites including power breakdown, traffic snarl-ups, and waterlogging.
Several neighbourhoods of the metropolitan city plunged into darkness on Tuesday night after more than 250 feeders of K-Electric tripped following heavy rain and thunderstorm.
According to a K-Electric spokesperson, the grid station in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) has also stopped working.
Maintenance work is under way to re-energise the tripped feeders and grid station, he added.
According to PMD spokesperson Abdul Rashid, the heaviest rainfall, 20mm, has been recorded in northern and eastern parts of the city. He added that showers are likely to continue till Thursday morning.
The Sindh minister for local bodies said he has been overseeing rain-related rescue work ever since the rain started.
He added that leaves of staffers have been cancelled and all municipality workers were busy pumping out water from roads and unclogging the main drains.