The first monsoon rains fell on Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least two children and injuring three others, causing gusts and thunderstorms in many areas.
Jamshed Town Police Commissioner (SP) Saddam Hussein said a group of children were playing in the Ashraf colony in Memudhabad when a wall that had been weakened by the rain fell on four children.
SP Husain said the injured were taken to the Jinnah Graduate Medical Center, two of them dead. The fatalities were identified as Dileep Kumar and Piyosh Shambo.
Police surgeon Dr. Summaiya Syed said Kumar’s autopsy revealed that he died of a fall on concrete. She added that Shambo’s relatives did not allow doctors to conduct legal proceedings and kept the body.
She said the third child was badly injured when the roof of a house near Kamran Chowrangi in Gulistan-i-Jauhar collapsed.
When the Pakistan Meteorological Administration (PMD) released an analysis of rainfall received, it said that the highest rainfall that Najimabad received was 38 millimeters. It is followed by Jinna Terminal (22mm), Airport Old Area (15mm), PAF Base Faisal (8mm), Quaidabad (6mm), University Road (5.8mm), Gulshan-i-Maymar (4.4mm), Saadi Town (2.7) ) followed. mm), Orangi Town (2 mm), PAF Base Masroor (2 mm) and Surjani Town (1.7 mm).
Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said he has ordered officials from all local agencies to monitor road conditions and ensure that drainage works are carried out wherever there is a potential for water accumulation.
“All machines and staff are working and in good condition. I will oversee all the work myself and tour the city,” he said.
Karachi manager Murtaza Wahab inspected the condition after the rain and monitored cleaning and drainage operations.
Sindh Health Ministry’s media coordinator Mehar Khursheed said no non-emergency has been declared in Karachi as normal or sub-normal rain is expected.
She said the director of health was ensuring the availability of doctors in Karachi and Hyderabad regional hospitals.
Meanwhile, K-Electric spokeswoman Imran Rana said 1,720 of the city’s more than 1,900 feeders continue to supply electricity to most areas. He said power is being restored as soon as permits are obtained at the local level.
PMD previously predicted heavy rains across the country starting Monday as strong weather systems entered the country’s central provinces. The weather system added that it will continue through Wednesday night, when rain is expected in Karachi from Tuesday evening through Wednesday.
However, PMD’s weather forecast released today predicts no rain in Karachi, but instead “hot and humid” with highs of 35-37 degrees Celsius and lows of 29.5 degrees Celsius.
An additional IG Javed Alam Odho issued instructions to the police after rain was forecast, according to a statement from a Karachi Police spokesperson.
He instructed all field commanders to stay in their area when it rains and instructed traffic police officers to perform their duties in the designated area. The statement also added that the Special Security Unit has instructed the rain emergency services to be prepared to deal with the city’s flood potential and to always assist the public.
The patrol car was also ordered to have the necessary tools and equipment to move the stranded vehicle.
As the monsoon season approaches, Wahab said on Saturday that cleaning and sediment removal of Karachi’s 41 major storm drains was nearly complete.
During a visit to Jubilee Nullah, Garden Nullah, Soldier Bazaar Nullah and Regal Saddar Nullah, he said that major drainage works are in full swing.