KARACHI – At least 11 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in two days as showers lashed Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi.
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Where the first pre-monsoon rain turned the weather pleasant and brought down the temperature in the metropolis during Eid days, it also exposed poor management of different institutions failing to play their part, amid heavy showers.
As soon as the rain started, many parts of the city experienced power outages as around 80 feeders tripped while roads were turned to puddles causing snarl-ups on thoroughfares.
On Wednesday, four men were electrocuted after they came into contact with snapped electric wires in different parts of the metropolis, including a 16-year-old Gul Nawaz in Docks Colony, 18-year-old Babar Ali Dino in Chakiwara and a youth named Daniyal in Orangi. Another man came in contact with a snapped cable in Shah Faisal Colony No 5.
Separately, an eight-year-old boy fell unconscious when he suffered an electric shock in Paposh Nagar area of the city dubbed the economic hub of Pakistan.
In another incident, two minors drowned on Thursday while bathing in the accumulated rainwater on the site of an under-construction underpass at Submarine roundabout.
Bodies of 13-year-old Aftab Amjad and 12-year-old Ghulam Mustafa Yaseen were later recovered by rescue workers and shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
The Karachiites, otherwise craving for rain took to social media and expressed their frustration on the dismal drainage system in the city hampering them from following their daily routine.
Karachi during very heavy rain earlier this evening
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) June 29, 2017
— SherY – (@sherytheketchup) June 29, 2017
— common girl (@ritziqbal) June 30, 2017
Chundrigarh Road right
now.. Extreme water from
Jang Press to MCB Tower#KarachiRain
— sufyan nazir (@Sufyannazir7) June 30, 2017
Looks like Karachi is really swamped with heavy rain and flooding. Calls for the Municipality to look into sanitation & sewerage mechanisms.
— Hassan Saeed (@hsaeed92) June 30, 2017
Is it not the shame on K-ELECTRIC a simple rain and all the system collapsed in Karachi?
No excuse for worst performance.
— Syed Athar Saeed (@syedatharsaeed) June 30, 2017