Karachi’s roads and streets became like those in Venice as rainwater mixed with sewerage water gushed into houses with persistent and torrential rains submerging most parts of the city.
The latest spell of monsoon, 5th of this season, wreaked havoc in the city, killing at least four children, plunging main thoroughfares under knee-deep water, damaging properties and causing electricity failures.
Torrential and unceasing rain caused land-sliding near Munawar Chaurangi, Gulistan-e-Johar, and damaged several vehicles, with no reports of casualties.
The Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah declared a rain emergency, canceling leaves of the government employees.
He also directed the concerned authorities, including the Provincial Disaster Management (PDMA) to immediately start relief work in rain-affected areas. Army Chief, General Qamar Bajwa, also ordered the troops to undertake rescue and relief operations across the city.
The Met Office said that the current spell of monsoon rain broke the decades-old record, as it continued to downpour for more than 12 hours. The PMD officials noted that 345 millimeters of rain was recorded at the PAF Faisal Base, breaking the previous record of 298.4mm of rain recorded in 1984.
The Masroor Base received 271mm and Karachi Airport 241mm rain this year, which is 300 to 400 times more than average rainfall in the port city in August.
An urban flood warning was also in effect, with knee-deep water standing at Saddar, M.A Jinnah Road, Sohrab Goth, Shahra-e-Faisal, Malir, Landhi, Safoora Goth Chaurangi, NIPA Chaurangi, and Hassan Square.
Shara-e-Faisal – Karachi’s main traffic artery – is entirely underwater from Kala Board to Baloch Colony flyover and Nursery, with rainwater touching the car roofs.
According to the forecast, the ongoing spell of rain will continue till Thursday, with more rain expected on the Wednesday-Thursday night.