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Karachi's water crisis worsens as Dhabeji pumping station pipeline bursts

09:16 PM | 10 Jul, 2024
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KARACHI -  A burst pipeline at the Dhabeji Pumping Station has exacerbated the ongoing water crisis in Karachi, leaving residents desperate for water and sparking widespread protests across the city.

According to details, Karachi is currently experiencing an intense heatwave, significantly increasing the demand for water. However, the Water Corporation's supply to the city has been severely disrupted. The burst pipeline at Dhabeji Pumping Station has affected water distribution in various areas, further intensifying the crisis.

The water shortage has driven residents from different localities to the streets in protest. In an unusual form of protest, citizens have begun stopping water tankers on the roads and opening their valves, causing the water to spill out. This has also severely impacted the supply from government hydrants.

Sources from the Water Corporation revealed that due to public protests, the Safora hydrant had to be shut down as citizens were stopping tankers and spilling their water on the roads. Similarly, all the valves on the tankers outside Safora hydrant were opened, leading the Water Corporation to close the hydrant.

A similar situation is occurring at the Landhi Future Colony hydrant, where residents are protesting and shutting down the hydrant, and the power supply to the Future Colony Landhi hydrant has been disrupted for three days, halting water supply.

Sources reported that the Crush Hydrant One and Two are also shut down due to a lack of electricity. The same issue is affecting the Sherpao South Hydrant, where the power supply is also down.

According to Water Corporation sources, only two hydrants, NEPA and Sakhi Hassan, are currently supplying water to the city's residents. Five hydrants are non-operational due to power outages and public protests, severely disrupting the water supply across Karachi and leaving residents desperate for every drop of water.

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 13 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 13, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 40.05 40.45
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65

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