It has been reported that more than 300 feeders of K-Electric, the private power supplier of Karachi, have tripped due to the heavy rains and thunderstorm yesterday, causing the whole city to plunge into darkness.
According to the reports, over 10 people, including two siblings, died due to rain-related incidents. The reports suggest that it was mainly due to electrocution.
A K-Electric spokesperson told, that the power cables were damaged in several areas. Staff was sent in those areas urgently to restore electricity.
The victims who lost their lives include 18 year old Rameez who belonged to Rizvia Society and Basma of same age belonging to Pak Colony. Haris and Mansoor were also electrocuted in Garden East area of Soldier Bazar, whereas 18-year-old Maryam, belonging to North Karachi, became the victim of electric shock.
Moreover, two siblings died when the roof of their house collapsed in North Karachi near Disco Morr. At Faqir Goth on Superhighway, 28 year old Hajra Bibi lost her life due to the rains. In Gulshan-e-Kaneez an unidentified man was killed in a rain-related incident.
Areas Affected By Power Outage
The power breakdown covered the areas of Saddar, Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Johar, Sohrab Goth, Keamari, Korangi, and Landhi.
Heavy rain affected the main roads and thoroughfares of areas including MA Jinnah Road, Gurumander Road, Numaish, Jahangir Road, Kashmir Road, Sir Shah Suleman Road, and Sher Shah Suri.
The inundated roads resulted in traffic jams as a lot of vehicles broke down in the middle of the road in several areas. The rainwater merged with sewage and entered the houses of low-lying areas, causing a great deal of difficulty for them.
Cattle Market Destroyed
Additionally, the heavy rain and gusty winds destroyed one of the biggest markets of sacrificial animals in the Sohrab Goth neighborhood.
“The sanitation system has collapsed in the city as the storm drains have been encroached upon. How can one expect tangible results”, said Dr. Zakir Qaimkhani, a resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
He further added that the heavy rain resulted in pleasant weather but also caused a lot of misery to citizens.