KARACHI: Water from the swelling Malir River flowed onto the road connecting Qayyumabad and Korangi on Monday night, causing a massive gridlock, as experts are trying to ascertain the cause behind the rise in the river’s water level.
Experts say that apparently the floodwater in Dadu and Kirthar has managed to make its way into Malir River through various channels in the hilly areas, and is heading towards the sea though the Korangi Creek.
However, they say it would be premature to suggest whether the water flow in the river will gradually increase or not.
Experts also hoped that the water level in Malir River will recede before the full moon, when the sea level rises. “In case the water level keeps increasing and the sea becomes rough, the water will not be discharged into the sea at a fast pace, causing difficulties, such as more water inundating the Korangi road.”
Sources said the government departments concerned are not taking the matter seriously and believe that the Malir River situation will eventually become normal.
The main course of Malir River is formed by the confluence of the Mol and Khadeji streams, originating in the Kohistan hills near a bridge at the Super Highway. Rainwater usually flows from the hills of Dadu into the river.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2010.
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