Karachi plunges into darkness as rain pours down


A view of a street in Karachi on Friday August 5, 2016. PHOTO: Shafaq Naveed/EXPRESS

A view of a street in Karachi on Friday August 5, 2016. PHOTO: Shafaq Naveed/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Over 250 feeders of K-Electric — Karachi’s power utility company — tripped, plunging major parts of the city into darkness as the metropolis received the second spell of the year’s monsoon rain on Friday.

Although no major human losses were reported in rain-related incidents, dozens of motorcyclists were injured when their two-wheelers slipped on the slush created by the drizzle before the heavy spell.

The rain resulted into massive traffic jams and gridlocks in various parts of the city, including Shahrae Faisal, Karsaz, Hassan Square, University Road, Defence, Clifton, North Nazimabad, Qayyumabad Chowrangi, Landhi and Korangi, among others.

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Meanwhile, several districts of Sindh, including Sukkur and Badin, also received heavy downpour that continued for hours.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Met Office had forecast rain in lower parts of Sindh, including Thatta, Badin and Mithi.

The weather forecast indicated the temperature will remain between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius for Thursday in Karachi, according to Karachi Met office director Abdul Rashid.

The pressure system that developed in Rajasthan, India, has grown over time and has now reached rural Sindh, said Rashid, adding that the rain will continue for three days.


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