KARACHI: At least six people, including an 11-year-old girl, lost their lives due to electrocution as rain lashed the provincial capital of Sindh since early Monday morning.
According to rescue sources, the latest deaths took place in the Paposh Nagar area where two people were electrocuted, raising the number of casualties from rain-related accidents in Karachi to six.
The continued downpour, which initially started with light drizzle as early as 6:00AM, continued until the evening, with heavy downpour later in the day inundating several parts of the metropolis.
The highest level of rainfall, 60 millimetres, was recorded at Saddar, while Surjani Town received 50mm, Faisal Base area 45mm, North Karachi 42mm, and Nazimabad 39mm of rain, according to the Met Office.
The Met Office said widespread rains and wind-thunderstorms with isolated heavy falls were expected to continue in Karachi and other parts of Sindh province on Tuesday as well.
According to the Director MET, the monsoon system will likely end on Wednesday and there was not much chance of rain in the first week of August.
Meanwhile, the Sindh education department announced that schools, colleges, universities and all educational institutions in Karachi would remain closed on Tuesday.
Examinations scheduled at the Karachi University, the province’s largest varsity, NED University of Engineering and Technology, and the Federal Urdu University were also postponed. New dates for the examinations would be announced later, said the administration at the varsities.
Following the first spell of rain early in the morning, around 400 feeders of the Karachi-Electric (KE) power supply company tripped. The KE spokesperson said power was being supplied to the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board.
In the nearby city of Hyderabad, heavy rains wreaked havoc and roads were mostly inundated. At several places, residents faced sheer difficulties as water entered houses and electric supply was suspended too.
On the other hand, authorities claimed they are working round-the-clock to cope with the situation.
However, citizens fear the worst with further downpour expected in the next 24 hours.
The weather in the port city turned pleasant – falling to a welcome 28-degree centigrade.
Prolonged power outages caused inconvenience to the citizens. The Sindh Secretariat and Sindh Assembly building were also without power.
Karachi Electric (KE), however, claimed that power supply in most areas remained unaffected.
In view of the difficulties faced by students in commuting, the management of several private schools announced the closure of their educational institutions, while attendance at offices remained thin.
All education institutions have been given an off on Tuesday due to the clogged roads.
Other areas of Sindh, including Hyderabad, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas and Tharparkar also received rain and thunderstorms.
Pakistan Meteorological Department has also issued an urban flooding alert for cities in Sindh, and has predicted more rainfall in the next 12 to 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the people of Karachi enjoyed the weather and the hashtag of #KarachiRain started trending on Twitter
Earlier this week, the PMD had forecasted heavy rainfall in many cities and towns of Sindh including the provincial capital, Karachi.