KARACHI: Fearing urban flooding in Karachi’s low-lying areas, Chief Meteorologist Dr Sardar Sarfaraz said on Saturday that the ongoing intermittent monsoon rains are expected to continue to wreak havoc in the metropolis until tonight or this evening as six other people lost their lives in rain-related incidents on Friday.
Speaking to Geo News, the chief meteorologist predicted heavy downpours in suburban areas of the metropolis during the day, adding that the prevailing monsoon system maintained its high intensity.
“Low atmospheric pressure is present near Thatta and Badin,” the meteorologist said, adding that humidity from the Arabian Sea was boosting the rainfall system.
The intensity of monsoon currents could be equivalent to tomorrow’s or it could be higher than that, he added.
Under the influence of monsoon currents, rains are expected in the port city from today afternoon, the meteorologist said.
Today, various parts of the port city continued to receive light to heavy showers.
A flooded city
Intermittent rains have once again exposed the city’s drainage system and the Sindh government’s claims of its rain contingency plans. Several main roads and streets were completely flooded, while hundreds of commuters were stranded without any help.
Rainwater entered various houses in block 12 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar. One resident, Aslam Siddiqui, said the Faisal cantonment council failed to get the stormwater drain cleaned which led to flash flooding in the area.
“Just two days before Eid, our furniture, carpets and clothes were damaged,” he said, adding that their whole aim was to save their sacrificial animals, so they couldn’t manage to get much from their home.
Mosamiyat, Munawar Chowrangi, Jauhar Chowrangi and Jauhar Morr were blocked for traffic as these areas were flooded with water up to their knees. The newly constructed University Road, on which millions of rupees were spent, was also completely underwater and inaccessible to vehicular traffic from Nipa to Shaheed-e-Millat Road.
The new MA Jinnah road and Jehangir road, where the ruling PPP and Jamaat-e-Islami headquarters are located, were also completely submerged by rainwater.
Traffic police said Shahrah-e-Faisal at Drigh Road was flooded with rainwater and inaccessible to traffic, while Rashid Minhas Road at Jauhar Morr, Lalu Khait towards Hassan Square, University Road at Safari Park, Nipa and Hassan Square were flooded and traffic was jammed.
After the flooding of the Korangi River, the Korangi causeway was closed to traffic, leaving commuters to use only the narrow two-lane flyover of Jam Sadiq to reach any other part of the city.
Qayyumabad Chowrangi and the highway were also badly affected due to rainwater accumulation, disrupting traffic from Korangi district to southern and eastern districts.
Due to the overflow of the Thado Dam in Gadap town during the early morning hours, the M-9 was overwhelmed and affected traffic. Floodwaters entered the northern ring road at M-9 and then into the residential area of Saadi town, completely halting traffic on the highway.
Several people visiting the Sacrificial Animal Market or returning from the market found themselves stuck in traffic due to the flooding of the Super Highway. The Karachi Development Authority team reached the M9 for a salvage and drainage operation late at night.
K-Electric said in its press release that it has ensured uninterrupted power supply to major parts of the city during the ongoing monsoon rains. The KE spokesperson pointed out that the maximum number of affected departures was less than 150 out of the more than 1,900 on the company’s network.
The spokesperson said the majority of them have been temporarily shut down due to the prevalence of illegal connections or waterlogging, which could pose a safety risk, adding that electricity in these areas was immediately reinstated after receiving clearance from ground crews.
“Heavy rain causing waterlogging in the Gulshan-e-Hadeed and Gadap areas has affected operations, and the utility has asked civic agencies to help drain water to safe levels to begin efforts. restoration.”
Expressing sympathy and offering condolences to the families who lost their loved ones to the electrocution, KE stated categorically that no utility infrastructure was involved in any of the reported incidents.