Death toll in Karachi rises to 11 as heavy monsoon rains cause ‘critical situation’

:: Peoples Time Online ::

At least 11 people, including a child, lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Karachi, Pakistan, police said on Sunday as the megalopolis experienced heavy monsoon showers for a second consecutive day.

Nine people died of electrocution, while two were killed in roof collapses in Qasbah Colony and Bhatta Village, Edhi sources and the Superintendent Police Korangi told DawnNewsTV. Seven animals were also killed in various rain-related incidents, sources said.

The deluge caused an electricity breakdown in the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board’s pumping stations, as a result of which the city could not be provided up to 250 million gallons of water.

Roads across the city are flooded with rainwater, while electricity supply is suspended in certain areas. A rescue operation conducted by the Rangers is currently underway.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah spoke to the Karachi commissioner and other officials, including local body and KWSB personnel, directing them to begin drainage of rainwater from the streets as soon as the rain stops.

He also directed the Sindh Inspector General of Police Ghulam Nabi Memon to ask police to help people in the city, particularly residents of low-lying areas and informal settlements (katchi abadis).

Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar, in a conversation with the media, criticised the provincial government and demanded that the city be declared “disaster-struck”. He insisted that the metropolitan city needed proper infrastructure.

Akhtar said that due to rainwater accumulated on the roads sacrificing animals in the streets will not be safe on Eidul Azha tomorrow. He added that citizens could use the KMC slaughterhouse to sacrifice animals.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Sindh President Haleem Adil Shaikh visited Shahrah-i-Faisal along with machinery to lift cars and rescue citizens stuck due to accumulation of rain water. Criticising the government, he said that the authorities failed to take any steps to prevent the city from damage caused by rain, despite prior warning.

“Karachi is drowning but the government is sleeping,” Sheikh said.

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