KARACHI : As monsoon rains continue to lash the city on Thursday, the Karachi administration has requested Pakistan Army for assistance in conduct of rescue and relief activities in the city.
“Karachi administration requested army for assistance in managing torrential rain effect in city,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Thursday.
Army, the military’s media wing added, is extending full assistance and water extraction pumps have been immediately given.
“The COAS directs provision of all out assistance for helping citizens,” it said.
According to Express News, at least 11 people have been killed so far in the city, mostly from electrocution.
Meanwhile, commuters are facing difficulties reaching offices while majority of schools remained closed.
In view of the precarious weather conditions in various parts of the province, the officials in Pakistan’s Meteorological Department (MET) office in Karachi has predicted heavy showers on Friday as well.
The situation in the cattle market situated off Super Highway is also unfortunate. The inundated rain water and mud that stormed the market has caused grave problems for animal traders and purchasers.
Power supply situation stable in Karachi: KE
Overall power situation in the city is stable despite heavy downpour and strong winds, a spokesperson for K-Electric, the private power supplier of the city, told The Express Tribune on Thursday.
“Strategic installations including key hospitals, Dhabeji pumping station, and airport remained unaffected throughout,” the spokesperson maintained. The K-E official, however, said out of 1600 feeders of the power utility were affected and rapid response teams were working on to resolve the issue.
“Some feeders have been switched off in view of safety concerns in areas with waterlogging, and restoration work will be expedited in affected areas as soon as standing water is wiped out. The power utility also maintains close coordination with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and the city administration to extend effective support.”