Karachi Rains : Rescue operation is underway
Karachi : Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi recorded devastating torrential rains which killed at least 23 innocents. The heavy rainfall flooded major city streets and damaged homes & buildings. Entire Karachi was plunged into chaos with power cuts, streets under water and cellphone outages caused by record rains since last 89 years.
However, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, on Friday, took stock of the situation in Karachi. Shah said that the city of Karachi faces a ‘disaster’ adding that rains rains have adversely affected almost the entire Sindh province.
“At least 23 people, including women and children, died in different accidents like wall and roof collapse and drownings” Ghulam Nabi Memon, Karachi Police Chief, told Reuters.
The provincial government declared a public holiday to avoid residents having to commute on Friday with Chandrigar Road, home to the central bank, Karachi Stock exchange and head offices of several banks flooded, Khallejtimes reported.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah ordered schools be used to accommodate displaced families, whose homes had been damaged or were unreachable.
Cellphone services were disrupted and most part of the city was plunged in darkness overnight with the main power supplier E-Electric saying the ‘unprecedented situation’ was hampering efforts to restore electricity.
Pakistan Meteorological Department recorded 230.5 mm of rains in Karachi on Thursday, the highest ever recorded in a single day since last 89 years.
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