Moderate rain turned the weather pleasant in the city on Monday morning, but it was followed by the municipal and traffic mess that is usually seen after a downpour.The sanitary staff’s absence on major thoroughfares caused traffic gridlocks and commuters were forced to wait for hours to reach their destinations, while sewage spilled onto the streets and mixed with the accumulated rainwater.
A 10-year-old boy was electrocuted in Bilal Colony, while an unidentified man’s body was found near an electric pole in Qasba Colony.Separately, a wireless operator of the Alfalah police station was injured when a part of the station’s roof collapsed.
Power failures were reported in many parts of the city. Electricity supply to most of the affected areas was resumed after hours.The Karachi Electric Supply Company claimed only 56 of its 1,350 feeders went offline because of rain.
Accumulated rainwater caused traffic gridlocks in many parts of the city. Sharea Faisal was the worst affected.Rain also wreaked havoc with University Road, Rashid Minhas Road, MA Jinnah Road, Sharea Liaquat, the Clifton bridge, the Gharibabad flyover and several areas in Saddar Town.
Those visiting Urdu Bazaar had to wade through the submerged market. Rainwater in the low-lying areas – particularly the commercial markets in Saddar, Kharadar, Lyari and their adjoining areas – was not cleared until the evening.
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi directed the Municipal Services Department to prepare for monsoon rains and keep the machinery and staff concerned on standby.
He said that in case of more rains, all possible help should be provided to the citizens and if required, machinery and staff should be immediately sent to the affected locations.Machinery, vehicles, pumps and labour were employed for drainage of rainwater and cleaning works in various areas, he added.
The municipal services, fire brigade, parks and other departments concerned were also directed to deploy their officers and staff, he added.He said KMC officers and other staff would remain present on the roads and all possible measures would be taken for getting rid of problems faced by the citizens.
KMC Metropolitan Commissioner Matanat Ali Khan said all resources, including heavy pumps were being utilised for draining rainwater and cleaning works.
After the rain, he visited various areas, including New Karachi, the Matric Board Office, SITE, Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Gharibabad, Hassan Square, Old Sabzi Mandi, Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Nipa and University Road.He said all major storm-water drains were being cleaned and officers were directed to remain on duty.
The maximum amount of rain was recorded in Saddar at 28mm. Sharea Faisal received 25mm rain, Airport Old Area (Pehlwan Goth) 23mm, Landhi 22mm, Jinnah Terminal 20.8mm, Gulistan-e-Jauhar 20mm, Nazimabad 16.5mm and PAF Base Masroor 13mm.Lyari, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Korangi, Malir, SITE, Garden, the II Chundrigar Road and other areas also received rain.
Partly cloudy to cloudy weather with chances of thunderstorm is likely early Tuesday morning, the meteorological department said.