Roads inundated as heavy to moderate rainfall lashes Karachi

Rainfall in the port city is expected to continue into Eidul Adha according to PMD


Our Correspondent July 09, 2022
People sit atop a bus roof while others wade through the flooded road during monsoon rain in Karachi on August 27, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI:

The metropolis received heavy to moderate showers on Saturday which inundated several roads and increased issues faced by commuters since yesterday.

Many of Karachi's thoroughfares were inundated during and after the rainfall and several vehicles stalled, further compounding the miseries of the commuters.

It was the fifth consecutive spell of rain to lash the city plagued with rickety infrastructure.

Rain was reported in the port city’s Saddar, Clifton, Defence Housing Authority (DHA), PECHS and adjoining areas. There were also reports of cloud bursts over Tin Hatti, Nishtar Road, Lasbela, Garden East, Golimar and Soldier Bazaar.

Today, the city's southern areas received heavy to at times very heavy rainfall, unlike previous days as the rain system entered the city from the sea-facing areas.

Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfraz stated that showers are to continue in the metropolis till the first day of Eidul Adha. Light rain and showers are also expected on the second day of the holiday.

According to Sarfraz, another monsoon system will enter Pakistan from central India on July 13, currently it is present over the Arabian Sea towards the east and southeast.

After tonight, the rains are expected to stop to some extent compared to the previous days.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the highest rainfall was recorded in Gulshan-e-Hadid from July 3 to July 8, amounting to 184.7 mm.

In other areas, earlier rainfall was recorded at 144 mm in Surjani Town, 113 mm at PAF Base Faisal, 100.2 mm at North Karachi, 91.9 mm at Old Airport, 91.5 mm at Nazimabad, 74.1 mm at PAF Base Masroor, and 71.6 mm in DHA Phase II.

At least 69.8 mm of rain was recorded in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, 65.2 in Gulshan-e-Maymar, 65.2 mm in Saadi Town, 49.6 mm in Kemari, 47.8 mm in Gadap Town and 47.4 mm in Orangi Town.

The highest rainfall of 102.7 mm was recorded in Gulshan-e-Hadid on Friday from 8 am to 11 pm. The old airport received 53 mm of rain while Faisal Base received 46 mm and Jinnah Terminal 38.8 mm.

Rainfall at Karachi’s University Road was recorded at 27.6 mm, Quaidabad at 25.5 mm, Nazimabad at 20.4 mm, Gadap Town at 15mm, and Masroor Base 16 mm.

Some areas earlier reported less rainfall; 10.5 mm was recorded in DHA while Saadi Town received 9.1 mm, Masroor Base 16 mm, Kemari 8 mm, Surjani Town 7.2 mm, Gulshan Maymar 6.6 mm, North Karachi 5.3 mm and Orangi Town 5.1 mm of rain.

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