Four killed, several injured while heavy rain hit Karachi

KARACHI: Heavy rains and strong winds in Karachi killed four people, including two children, on Wednesday night, rescue sources said.

The deaths occurred in two separate incidents. Sources said the boy and girl lost their lives while tearing down a wall in the city’s Millat Town, while two more people were killed in Chanesar Goth.

Heavy and light rain has been recorded in all parts of the city, and the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) says the rain will last for at least an hour.

Heavy rains led to the collapse of the walls of livestock farms and sheds of several shops, and people who traveled to work on motorcycles were injured in the accidents.

Rescue sources said two more bodies were found in the area of ​​Burns Road and Mahmoodabad in the metropolis.

“The bodies were taken to the hospital for an autopsy,” they said, adding that the cause of death of both people could not be determined.

PMD chief meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz said rain clouds with thunder are moving east, while some parts of the clouds are still in the Arabian Sea.

Sarfaraz said light to moderate rain could continue occasionally in the city for an hour and a half. “Cloudy and rainy weather is also expected in Karachi tomorrow,” he added.

Meanwhile, K-Electric asked people to use electrical appliances carefully during this time. “Citizens should stay away from damaged wires, TV and internet cables, power poles and PMT,” a utility company spokesman said.

According to the Met Office, the wind was blowing at a speed of 81 kilometers per hour. It is added that the areas around Jinnah International Airport recorded 22 mm of rain in one hour, 8 mm in Pakistan’s Faisal Air Base, 6 mm in Quaidabad, 3 mm in Saadi City and 2 mm in Masroor PAF Base.

As soon as the downpour started, there were reports of power outages from all over the city. Areas facing power outages included Azizabad, Surjani City, Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, North Karachi, Orangi City and Korangi.

Sindha Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah has sent instructions for water drainage.

“The traffic situation should be ensured on the main roads,” he added.

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