At least 10 killed as rain wreaks havoc in Karachi


Over 400 feeders of Karachi’s power utility company tripped, plunging major parts of the city into darkness. PHOTO: INP

Over 400 feeders of Karachi’s power utility company tripped, plunging major parts of the city into darkness. PHOTO: INP

KARACHI: At least 10 people were killed on Saturday after heavy rain lashed Karachi triggering a power breakdown in most parts, Express News reported.

Over 400 feeders of K-Electric — Karachi’s power utility company — tripped, plunging major parts of the metropolis into darkness as the city received the second spell of the year’s monsoon rain.

Karachi plunges into darkness as rain pours down

At least 10 people lost their lives as a result of electrocution and when roofs collapsed due to constant rainfall.

According to the power supply company, the suspension of electricity was caused by the tripping of extra high tension wire.

The rain, which began on Friday, resulted in 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.

Met office forecasts rain in lower Sindh today

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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