Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday stated that the federal government was drafting a comprehensive package for Karachi in the aftermath of the havoc wreaked by the torrential downpour over the last days.
The package, currently in the works, is meant to eradicate decades of neglect and suffering of the people of the port city.
The premier further instructed all MNAs and MPAs in Karachi to remain in their constituencies throughout Eidul Azha and Independence Day holidays to provide for any contingencies that may arise.
I have directed all MNAs/MPAs of Karachi to be in their constituencies throughout Eid & Independence Day holidays & provide all assistance to the ppl. The Federal Govt is drafting a comprehensive package to end the decades of neglect & suffering of the ppl of this gt metropolis.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 12, 2019
On August 11, at least 14 people died in various rain-related incidents as monsoon downpour lashed Karachi. Large parts of the city, including almost all major thoroughfares, remained inundated as civic authorities struggled to drain out water that had collected over hours of overnight rain.
Contingents of the Pakistan Army and Sindh Rangers had been called in for rescue operations. Rainwater had also started to flood houses in low-lying areas such as Orangi Town, Landhi, Ilyas Goth, Ibrahim Hyderi, Shah Faisal, Malir, Scheme 33, Rehri Goth and Korangi.
State of emergency declared
Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Sunday called for a state of emergency to be declared in Karachi.
Following the collapse in the metropolis, the mayor rebuked the provincial government and held the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for the abject conditions of the city.
Power supply remained suspended in multiple areas of the city over the last two days. Early on Sunday morning, Karachi’s power utility, K-Electric (KE), urged the city administration to declare a state of emergency to deal with the post-rain situation.
It also announced that electricity supply was suspended in certain areas of the city owing to fears of urban flooding.