Karachi: (Aftab Channa) As many as 19 people have died so far, mostly from electrocution, in Karachi as monsoon rains lashed the city on Thursday.
According to the Met Department, the rains which began the other day will likely to continue for three days in various parts of Sindh.
Various parts of the city — including North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Orangi, Malir, Drigh Road, NIPA, Northern Bypass fears have arisen of possible flooding in Saadi Town and Super Highway areas, where water had gathered after Gadap’s had developed a breach.
District Council Chairman Salman Murad, however, rubbished the reports of a crack in the dam as “incorrect rumors”. Murad, who visited the site after the news surfaced, said there is still room for more water to accumulate in the Thado Dam.
The most rain in the city was recorded in North Karachi at 97 millimeters, according to Met office.
An eight-year-old child was killed when a building belonging to the Intelligence Bureau collapsed in the city’s Clifton area in the aftermath of heavy rain, Karachi South DIG Azad Khan confirmed.
After the incident, the minor’s body was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali confirmed the death of the child.
Dr Jamali also confirmed the death of Shahzeb, 23, who she said was dead on arrival.
Officials are still engaged in removing the debris from the site, the DIG added.
Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa instructed the army to extend full support to Karachi city administration, provide water extraction pumps to the administration, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
Rangers and Army officials are also assisting in relief operations in various parts of the city.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah — who is currently in Makkah for Haj — directed Health Minister Dr Sikander Mendhro that emergency departments at all government-run hospitals should remain stocked, and that the availability of doctors at all government health facilities is ensured throughout the province.
The chief minister also directed the Sindh chief secretary to ensure that the Provincial Disaster Management Authority is helping citizens as rains pound the province.
Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Khan Siyal issued directives for Traffic Police Karachi to remain present on roads and ensure smooth traffic. He also directed Karachi Districts Police to assist and facilitate citizens in coordination with the traffic police.
CM Shah called Sindh Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro and Transport Minister Nasir Shah to express concern about the situation in the province. Shoro and Nasir Shah briefed the Sindh CM after inspecting various areas of the city to assess the situation.