Saeed Ghani urges Karachiites to avoid unnecessary travel as rain batters city

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KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani has appealed to Karachi residents to avoid unnecessary train due to torrential rains in the city.

The relentless rain has caused waterclogging at several places in Karachi, inundating major city streets and low-lying areas.

In a message on Twitter, Saeed Ghani said most of the city’s roads have been submerged in rainwater, hampering the process of draining out water.

“We appeal to citizens to avoid unnecessary travel. The water will be drained out as soon as rain stops,” Ghani added.

According to the Met office, more widespread rains are expected in the city over the next 24 hours.

The rainfall recorded in the city over the past 24 hours is as follows : Gulshan-e-Hadeed 149 mm, Jinnah AP 129, Faisal Base 121, Landhi 118, Model Observatory 112, Masroor Base 110, Nazmabad 109, Kemarhi 93 and North Karachi 79 mm.

Meanwhile, K-Electric has urged Karachi administration to declare a state of emergency owing to uninterrupted torrential rainfall in the city over the past several hours.

The relentless downpour has created a critical situation in Karachi, the power company said in a statement on Twitter.

The city’s low-lying areas, such as Landhi, Ilyas Goth, Ibrahim Haideri, Majid Colony UC 4, Shah Faisal, Malir, Scheme 33, Rehri Goth and Korangi, which are prone to urban flooding, are yet again inundated. There are reports of water accumulating around power installations & entering homes.

According to K-Electric, electricity supply to areas which are in a state of urban flooding, has been temporarily suspended in the interest of public safety and based on requests received from the city administration.

On the other hand, citizens have appealed to the Sindh government to impose emergency and call Pakistan army for help due to urban flooding.

Shery Syed, a journalist and social media activist, said that Lath dam overflow can affect Gadap Town, Malir, Northern ByPass and Super Higway.