ISLAMABAD – After the death toll crossed 20 in rain-hit Karachi, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi taking notice of plight of the citizens has directed the authorities concerned to expedite the relief activities by utilising all available resources.
Besides extending assistance to provincial government, the prime minister directed the officials for early restoration of routine life in Karachi and ensuring uninterrupted communication and connectivity.
Keeping in view the intensity of disaster, as many as 15 Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers Sindh teams have been deployed to help the local administration in the unfortunate situation.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force has also provided a C-130 aircraft and two helicopters to Sindh government to deal with any emergency situation, Radio Pakistan reported.
According to local media, at least 23 people had lost their lives in Karachi ─ mostly from electrocution ─ till Thursday as heavy rains wreak havoc in Karachi.
According to the Met Department, the rains which began Wednesday evening are expected to continue for three days in various parts of Sindh.
Residents of Karachi can call the Karachi Municipal Corporation’s (KMC) rain emergency centres at 0332-2685090, 0335-7553976 and 1339 in case of emergency.
Various parts of the city — including North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Orangi, Malir, Drigh Road, NIPA, Northern Bypass and Gujjar Nala — are submerged because of the heavy rains, while some bridges have turned into virtual swimming pools.