KARACHI 30th July: At least 10 people have died of electrocution after excessive rains hit Karachi and other areas of Sindh which have resulted in power outages and brought life to a standstill.
Several parts of Karachi have been facing extended power outages, as rainwater accumulated on major roadways with no proper drainage to remove the water. Hyderabad and other cities in the province have been facing similar problems.
According to statements issued by the Karachi police, four people had been electrocuted in separate incidents. The victims were two minors, one teenager and a 40-year-old man. Two of the deceased were from Malir, with the other two from Gulistan-e-Johar and Paposh Nagar. Meanwhile, the Boat Basin police said that a 30-year-old man was electrocuted in its remits.
Rescue sources added that an eight-year-old girl died in the Akhtar Colony area, while a 30-year-old man died of electric shock in the Defence area. A 12-year-old boy got critically injured when he touched an electric pole in the Mauripur area, said a rescue official.
Certain parts of Karachi that experienced outages, also included various courts such as the Supreme Court Karachi Registry, the Sindh High Court and accountability courts. This affected court proceedings resulting in most hearings being rescheduled. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the current spell of monsoon rains have claimed at least 66 lives while another 71 have been injured. Those killed include 40 men, 6 women and 20 children. The rainfall has also caused damage to 163 houses, 39 shops, 3 mosques, 3 bridges and two underpasses.