13 dead in Karachi rain mishaps

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Rainfall that started yesterday has claimed 13 lives in different mishaps until Saturday while after over 400 power feeders tripped last night, supply to some of the areas is yet to be restored, reported Saturday. Rain is continuing in Karachi after irregular intervals and authorities are yet to restore power supply in different areas.

Traffic jams were witnessed in different localities after the downpour yesterday while roads were water-logged which are yet to be cleared by the administration.

Local named Haider Ali in Chishti Nagar of Orangi Town was electrocuted. 17-year-old Salman near Kala Board in Malir area, two in Khada Market of Lyari and New Karachi’s Allah Wali Chowrangi, 25-year-old Abbas in Gulistan Johar’s Qalandria Para, 18-year-old Faisal in Korangi Number Four and 25-year-old Inayat in Hussainabad and another local lost their lives.

Different roads have at least two and half feet high stagnant water there troubling commuters. 

Reportedly, K-Electric’s extra high tension line tripped within minutes of the rainfall. However, the K-electric authorities have claimed that over 350 power feeders have been restored but residents in different localities said that the areas were still blacked-out.

Areas that are reported without power supply today include FB Area, Defence, North Karachi, Surjani Town, Orangi and Gulistan Johar among others.

Sources said that official documents and records in city court were ruined by rain water.

On the other hand, 72-inch water pipeline coming from Dhabeji water pump burst worsening the prevailing potable water shortage in the city.

Hyderabad and a few other cities of Sindh also witnessed electricity supply issues.

On the other hand, recently appointed Chief Minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah paid emergency visits to different localities and reviewed the issues on ground.

Sources privy to the Chief Minister House stated that Shah resented the fact that no worker of the Karachi Municipal Corporation was there on any of the roads shouldering his duties.

CM Shah ordered administration to come in action without wasting any time and clear the streets and drain the inundated roads.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Meteorological Department has warned of more showers in the coming hours.

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