Worst civic situation after rain in Karachi
KARACHI: Intermittent rain spells on Wednesday again inflicted a virtual collapse on the civic infrastructure across the metropolis with causing power outages and traffic congestions.
Rain lashed parts of the city since it began into torrents in afternoon, as the Met Office forecast more isolated downpours with thunderstorm for parts of Sindh on Thursday. The city on Tuesday received a maximum rainfall in Gulshan-e-Hadeed as 9 mm, followed Landhi 5 mm, PAF Faisal 2 mm and Saddar 1 mm, the Met said.
The Met Office Heat Wave Early Warning Centre Karachi predicted the city is likely to experience hot weather on July 20 and 21 (Thursday and Friday) with maximum temperature ranging up to 35 degrees celsius. It forecast partly/fully cloudy weather for the city with chances of drizzles with an occasional thunderstorm and maximum humidity level is feared to reach 90 percent.
As rain fell into torrents left the city’s fragile roads ankle deep water, as the civic sanitary workers remained absent from their duties. Rainwater remained stagnant on roads and broken streets of the city that not only caused traffic gridlocks but also made the pedestrians suffer. In some areas, deluge stood mixed with sewage.
Citizens also underwent electricity nightmare as short rains spells caused tripping of around 100 feeders to the rundown K-Electric’s transmission network, as power cuts immediately began to strike many areas. Traffic constables also went missing immediately with rain spells that left the vehicular traffic jam.
Meanwhile K-Electric’s spokesman said the power utility’s Rapid Response team maintained vigilance as city experienced another wave of rain.
He claimed overall power supply system remained intact during rain. Around 100 feeders were affected out of the utilities total 1600 feeders, he said.
Restoration work was initiated immediately by the Emergency Response teams of the power utility and affected feeders were restored swiftly.
“KE helpline and ground teams continue to work round the clock to address any localized faults. KE continues to urge the public to stay away from broken wires, poles and transformers during rainy and windy weather.” he said.
The utility also urged citizens to refrain from using illegal means (kundas) to abstract power. Moreover, customers are requested to inform the power utility of any broken wires or complaints by calling on 118. Queries may also be sent via SMS to 8119 or through KE’s Social Media platforms.
In the next 24 hours: The Met Office said that thunderstorms and heavy rainfall is expected across the country. Khanpur received the maximum rainfall of 46 mm during the last 24 hours, followed by Balatkot with 35 mm, Larkana 17 mm, Thatta 16 mm, Mithi 14 mm, Badin 12 mm. The hottest place was Dlabandin with maximum 43 degrees Celsius, Turbat 42 and Nokundi 41.