KARACHI: Heavy rain throughout the day has led to flooding in Karachi and Hyderabad. The government's insufficient capacity to improve the situation has led to the army being called in for support, Express News reported.
The city of lights, Karachi, has been plunged into darkness as a result of the rain with many feeders tripping. At least 16 people have reportedly died in the city as a result of rain related incidents including two children who were electrocuted.
The city has on average received as much as 60mm of rain. Hyderabad has received 13mm of rain.
Express News correspondent Aftab Khan said that the army has been sent to Karachi and they will primarily work in the Malir area and then make their way to other areas to drain stagnant water.
On Saturday, 115mm of rain has been recorded in Karachi.
Aftab Khan said that KESC has reported that 400 feeders have tripped as a result of the rain.
Express News correspondent Nadeem Ahmed reported that around 50 shanties have been swept away as a result of the flooding in Lyari.
Emergency declared in Karachi due to monsoon rain
Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui declared an emergency in the city following flooding on roads caused by a spell of monsoon rain, Express News reported on Saturday.
The Health Department Sindh has declared emergency in all government hospitals and leaves of medical and para-medical staff have been cancelled.
Reportedly, some areas are affected as there is no electricity due to the rain.
Many commuters were stranded after their cars stopped working in the rain. People are helping themselves as there are no authorities present.
Two children have lost their lives so far, due to a roof collapse and electrocution.
Karachiites said the following on the twitter:
Sudden downpour in Karachi is lovely. But thoughts turn to flooding, roads blocked, rough time for shanty and street dwellers.— beena sarwar (@beenasarwar) August 3, 2013
Oh good. It is raining like mad. No power with probable fluctuation upon return. Roads flooded. #Karachi— Noman Ansari (@Pugnate) August 3, 2013
Stay clear of electric poles and wires irrespective of power situation during rain. #SafetyTips— KE (@KElectricPk) August 3, 2013
Other cities of Pakistan have already experienced some monsoon showers, such as Lahore and Islamabad.
Flash floods triggered by heavy rains claimed at least 19 lives and injured another 42 people across the country on Friday, as officials warned residents up north the worst still lay ahead.
Parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas were worst affected by the torrential rains.
Rains lash parts of Sindh
Heavy rain also lashed Hyderabad‚ Mirpur Khas‚ Badin‚ Tando Allahyar‚ Tando Mohammad Khan‚ Sanghar and other districts of Sindh, Radio Pakistan reported.
At least eleven people have been killed in a rain related incidents and seventy other injured.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed all Commissioners‚ Deputy Commissioners and irrigation and local bodies' institutions to remain on high alert to tackle the situation.
The Chief Minister also directed concerned authorities to take immediate steps for draining out water from low lying areas particularly underpasses in the city.
Meanwhile‚ the Fisheries Department has advised fishermen to avoid going to the sea for fishing.
Sindh Senior Minister Nisar Ahmed Khoro has declared emergency in the Larkana after heavy rain in the city and cancelled the leave of Municipal Administration.