Live: Rains Lash Sindh, 13 People Killed in Different Incidents

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2:45 pm

Hyderabad: A lineman of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (Hesco)  died after being electrocuted.

The lineman was busy in rectifying a tripped Hesco line in Citizen Sub-Division when he was electrocuted and consequently died on the spot.

Hyderabad: Heavy rains have damaged standing crops of cotton in Hyderabad, Tando Jam, Tando Allahyar and other areas of the province.

Despite heavy rains, the Agriculture Department has not issued any pre-moon advisory for the farmers.

Meanwhile, Director Major Crops Sindh Abid Qureshi has advised growers not to spray any pesticides on cotton crop during rains.

He further advised them to ensure drainage of rainwater standing in the crops. He said that the heavy rains would affect sowing of cotton crops.

2:46 pm

Boats were called in for rescue operations in Old Golimar area of the city. Deputy Mayor Karachi Arshad Vohra also seeks help from Pak Navy to provide boats for rescue operations in Old Golimar area where over 100 people remain stranded and waiting to be rescued. North Karachi area of Karachi received the heaviest rains of 130 millimeters while Nazimabad received 124 centimeters of rain.

2:30 pm

Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar visited district Central and inspected work to clear B-14 Nullah in the area. He also inspected the work of KMC staff engaged in draining out the rainwater standing in many areas of the district.

Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra, Chairman DMC Central Rehan Hashmi and other were along with the Mayor. He issued directives to the concerned officials to carry on the cleanliness of storm waters drains and Nullahs so that the rainwater standing in different city areas could be drained out hastily.

Talking to media, he said that they were working to control the situation within the resources they had

2:10 pm

President All Karachi Traders Alliance Atiq Mir has said that over 100 markets of Karachi biggest trade centre in Old city areas have been worst hit by the heavy rains.

He said that rainwater has entered in warehouses and godwons of the traders in the area causing millions of rupees losses to traders.

He deplored that administration had not yet started work to drain out rainwater from any of the affected markets.

2:05 pm 

Provincial Minister for Local Bodies Jam Khan Shoro visited Tower and adjoining areas which has been hit hard by the heavy monsoon downpour.

He inspected the areas and ordered the KWSB and other civics bodies officials to take measures for draining out the rainwater that has submerged the markets and residential areas in the downtow of the city.

2:00 pm 

Karachi: Liaqatabad Underpass was closed for traffic after rainwater flooded. Many low-laying areas of the city especially old city areas are presenting have been flooded by the rain water. The provincial and city government miserably failed to control the situation arising out of the heavy rains.

1.00 pm

District Central is the Most Effected in Karachi.

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12. 15 pm: 

Hyderabad’s Electricity Disappears with First Drop of Rain

Power breakdowns also coincided with the downpour in all the areas which received the rain complaining of the outages. The Hyderabad Electric Supply Company’s (Hesco) spokesperson Sadiq Kubar claimed that only 12 feeders out of 80 in Hyderabad district have been shut for safety purposes.

“The situation is normal in overall Hesco region,” he claimed, denying that all the districts where it rained have been subjected to the power supply disruption.

Vohra shares measures to deal with rain emergency

“Not a single of around a dozen helpline numbers given by Hesco are being attended so that we may be able to register a complaint or ask them to tell when the power supply would be restored,” Rizwan Abbassi, a resident of Latifabad, bemoaned. The helpline numbers have been given for the citizens so that they may not only log their complaints but also inform the company about fallen electric wires or other related problems.

In Hyderabad district, many main roads including Thandi Sarak, Makki Shah Road, Haider Chowk, Qazi Qayum Road and Latiafbad Unit 2, among others, remained inundated.

12. 10 pm: Hyderabad receive First Monsoon Rains

Dozens of cattle markets in southern Sindh were adversely hit which have been set up under tents over low lying road side pieces of land. “The gusty winds have uprooted tents and the electric supply has also gone off,” Abid Qureshi, a cattle dealer said.

In a message circulated by National Disaster Management Authority, the citizens have been warned of flash flood.Mirpurkhas, Sujawal, Jamshoro, Matiari, Nawabshah and Tando Allahyar districts also received downpour. The intermittent showers continued through the evening. The Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast that rains will continue till Sep 1.

The district administrations and the local bodies enforced rain emergencies prior to the downpour.

12. 00: Update From Hyderabad, Other Cities

Widespread showers lashed southern and central Sindh’s districts with Tharparkar receiving over 34 millimetre (mm) rain and Hyderabad 24mm in a few hours starting Wednesday afternoon.

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Light to moderate showers preceded the downpour on Tuesday evening. Rain broke the sultry weather which had gripped the region for almost two days.

However, it submerged many urban and semi-urban towns in Hyderabad, Sanghar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Badin, Thatta and other districts in ankle deep water.

11.30 am

Heavy rains that lashed the city early this morning have inundated many areas with low-lying areas being hit the hardest with flash floods houses and business. At least 13 people have been killed so far, mostly from electrocution, in Karachi.Commuters faced difficulties reaching offices while majority of schools remained closed as the rain, which started late Wednesday night, flooded roads of the metropolis.

The rain that continued throughout last night with varied intensity from area to area turned ferocious around 6 a.m. flooding the boulevards, roads, streets, thoroughfares, and by lanes bringing down an already thin traffic to a standstill.

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The private schools association had already announced to keep schools closed today.

The heaviest downpour was registered in Malir, Defense, Clifton, Baldia town, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, and all other areas with varied intensity.Reports of rainfall were also received from Saddar, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Airport, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Malir and other areas. The highest amount of rainfall was recorded at 130.3mm in Nazimabad, followed by North Karachi at 97.5mm.

Gulistan-e-Johar and Masroor base received 37mm of rain, Gulshan-e-Hadeed received 26.2 of rain while Pehlwan Goth was at 16mm. PAF Faisal received 22mm of rain.

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Heavy rainfall is expected to lash the metropolis until Friday. The downpour, and subsequent inundation of major roads and streets, resulted in low attendance in offices and led private schools to announce a holiday today late Wednesday night.
Rains lash Karachi: A guide to staying safe.There is a flood-like situation in Karachi with feet of water standing here and there particularly in and around KDA Chowrangi, Nagan Chowrangi, Karimabad, Tahir Villa, Five Star Chowrangi, Gulshan Chowrangi, Ayesha Manzil.

The heavy downpour which continued for over hour-and-half this morning has turned avarious areas of Karachi into streams, ponds, lakes, and rivers.As the schools remain close the attendance at offices also remains thin.

7.30 am:
Six rain-related deaths have been reported since yesterday. Four of these deaths were caused by electrocution which include Javed in Lyari Bihar Colony, Muhammad Naseer in Orangi Town, Azeemul Haq who was electrocuted in Bakri Peeri  in Baldi Town. A man fell to his death from a building in Sector 4 of Gulshan-e-Maymar while a motorcyclist slipped and died in Baldia Town.

Moreover, Hub, Badin, Mirpurkhas and other areas of Sindh also received rain whereas forecasts predict light to heavy showers across Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) stated on its website that more widespread rain/thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds (with isolated heavy to very heavy falls) is expected in lower Sindh (Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Karachi divisions), in the next 24 hours.

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Moreover, rain/thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, Kalat, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Makran divisions, while at isolated places in Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Malakand, Sargodha, DI Khan, Zhob, Quetta, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

According to the PMD, the weather system is going to affect the country’s southern region until Friday after which the focus will shift to the northern region and will continue until Sunday.The K-Electric spokesman told that only 80 feeders of the power distribution company had tripped while 30-40 feeders had been shut down as precautionary measures due to urban flooding.

He added that the power distribution company had a total of 1600 feeders.

When asked about reports of power outages from across the city, Ahmed told Geo News that besides feeders tripping there were other issues as well that were causing power outages in areas, identifying local faults and PMT issues as the reasons.

Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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