Thursday October 21, 2021

Heavy downpour floods roads, causes power outages in Karachi

City continues to receive moderate to heavy showers under the influence of monsoon system that is present in south-southeast

Web Desk
September 04, 2021
Commuters wade through rainwater after heavy rainfall in Karachi on Saturday — PPI
Commuters wade through rainwater after heavy rainfall in Karachi on Saturday — PPI

KARACHI:  Another day of downpour played havoc with Karachi’s infrastructure on Saturday as around 200 KE feeders tripped out of the total 1,900 that supply power to the city.

Different areas of Karachi   received light to heavy rain on Saturday under the influence of a monsoon system that is present in the south-southeast of Karachi.

Malir, North Nazimabad, Shah Faisal and Liaquatabad were reported to be without power as heavy rain began to fall in the afternoon.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has said there are chances of light showers (drizzling) in the city till Monday (September 6).

According to the Met Office, a maximum temperature of 33.1 degrees Celsius was recorded in Karachi today.

Meanwhile, over the next two days, the metropolis will likely record a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius.

Rain wreaks havoc

According to the PMD, the Gulshan-e-Hadeed area received the highest amount of rainfall, where around 60 millimetres of rain was reported in last three hours, followed by the Quaidabad where 28.5mm of rain had been reported on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 6mm rain was recorded in PAF Base Faisal, 2.2mm at University road, 2mm Old Airport, 2.4mm at Jinnah Terminal, 11mm in North Karachi, 2mm in Surjani Town, 3.5mm at PAF Masroor Base, 2.9mm in Orangi Town, 11.4mm in Nazimabad.

Roads were inundated with rainwater in almost every part of the city, especially in DHA Phase-II, where water started entering homes.

Moreover, the flow of traffic came to a crawl on main roads mainly due to flooding of different arteries.