Pakistan: Monsoon rains break 30-year record in Sindh and Balochistan

Monsoon rains in Balochistan and Sindh have broken the 30-year record in July this year and the rains are not over yet.

In the southern province of Balochistan, 57 people, including women and children, were killed after being swept away in flood waters, according to Ziaullah Langove, the disaster and home affairs advisor to the province’s chief minister. At least eight dams had burst due to the heavy rains, he said.

Rain lashed Karachi

Heavy showers lashed Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, that flooded the streets. On July 11, several areas of Karachi city was submerged, leaving many without power on the second day of Eid ul Azha.

At least five men were killed by electrocution in various areas while one died due to a wall collapse, Karachi Police said.

Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon urged Karachiites to not leave their homes unnecessarily and stay away from electricity poles. “Stay away from utility lines poles, wires and nullahs.”

Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab said the “quantum of rain has been 126mm in certain areas of Karachi in three hours.”

According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), PAF Masroor Base received the highest amount of rainfall (119.5mm) in the past 24 hours followed by DHA Phase 2 (106.6mm), Quaidabad (76mm), PAF Faisal Base (65mm), Orangi Town (56.2mm), old airport area (49.8mm), Gulshan-i-Hadeed (46.5mm), Nazimabad (31.8mm), Jinnah Terminal (29.6mm) and University Road (14.8mm).

Citizens on social media complained of prolonged power outages and flooded streets with #Karachirain.

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