Rain in Sindh kills 26, threat of further rain and flooding

The Sindh Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said on Monday that after monsoon showers in Sindh, rain-related incidents look 26 lives.

Radio Pakistan published a report claiming that while 14 people lost their lives in Karachi, nine died in Thatta, two in Khairpur, and one in Sukkur.

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After the rain flooded various areas in the city, a rain emergency was imposed in Karachi yesterday by the Sindh government. In Orangi Town and Korangi, nullahs overflowed, entering homes and roads like II Chundrigar Road, DHA, Sharae Faisal, University Road, NIPA Chowrangi, and Qayyumabad were overwhelmed by waist-high water, stranding passengers for long periods. Power outages exceeding 36 hours were also reported.

On Tuesday morning, Administrator Murtaza Wahab took to Twitter, claiming that after the nullah’s water levels went down, there was improvement in the situation at II Chundrigar Road. He also later mentioned that University Road had been cleared for traffic.

This morning, he added in a statement that he visited Malir, District East, District West, District South, and District Central along with provincial minister Nasir Hussain Shah and Sharjeel Memon, and reviewed the post-rain situation.

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He said water would soon be drained out, teams had already been deployed in various areas and that “Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Chief Minister Sindh have issued special instructions and instructed ministers to supervise the work themselves.” The Karachi police later informed that the KPT Underpass in Clifton had been opened again for traffic.

PDMA data shows that the greatest amount of rain in the last 24 hours (231.75mm) was seen in Karachi’s Keamari. After this was District East (203.3mm), then Korangi (191mm), then District South (132mm). After these was District Central (129.8mm), then Malir (98mm) and then District West (53.9mm).

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Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah met provincial ministers at the CM House. Here, he was told that South and East districts had been cleared and would be opened by the evening. He then instructed the local government to install small pumps in the streets where water had accumulated and to clear them. He added that further rain is expected so the authorities must not only repair but also prepare.

In Balochistan, the government has imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure on swimming and picnics near water bodies for a month.

The PDMA reported today that 62 people (23 women, 15 men and 24 children) have died in Balochistan during the monsoon rains since June.

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Furthermore, more than 600 houses were inundated by the ensuing floods and, according to the PDMA report, Bolan, Quetta, Zhob, Dakki, Khasdar, Kohlu, Ketch, Mastung, Harnai, Qila Saifullah, and Sibi were among the most affected areas.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the disaster management authorities have been occupied today after floods in Swabi, Malakand, Dera Ismail Khan, Tank and Nowshera on Monday. These floods during the rains killed two people and injured three. The authorities informed that there was great damage to the infrastructure as schools and houses were swept away.

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KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has alerted all the agencies and rescue teams have been dispatched. According to the PDMA, its control room was active 24/7 and it encouraged people to report incidents to the helpline 1700.

Radio Pakistan reported today that rain, wind, and thunder showers were likely in Islamabad, upper and central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, lower Sindh and eastern Balochistan in the following 12 hours.

Rawalpindi, Islamabad, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Punjab, and Kashmir are predicted to experience heavy rainfall. Rainfall and thunderstorms are also expected from July 14 in Karachi, Thatta, Badin and Hyderabad.

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According to chief meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz, the expected weather conditions will last until July 18 or July 19. He added that Mirpurkhas, Umerkot and Tando Mohammad Khan are expecting intermittent rain with thunder and he mentioned the threat of flooding in low-lying areas in Karachi, Badin, Thatta, Mirpurkhas and Umerkot.

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