Heavy monsoon rains started affecting Pakistan this week, causing massive floods and leaving widespread power outages. As of June 30, 2017, at least 25 people have lost their lives and dozens were injured within 48 hours, officials said.
Capital Karachi, Sindh province was the worst hit area. Torrential downpours there caused massive urban flooding and widespread power outages, killing at least 12 people since Wednesday when the rains started.
According to the Dawn, five persons including four young boys were electrocuted. In a separate incident, two boys drowned while trying to swim in water accumulated in an under-construction underpass. Five people lost their lives due to lightning and rain-related incidents mostly in lower Sindh.
In the province of Balochistan, a red alert has been issued in Lasbela and Khuzdar districts as intermittent rainfall in the last 24 hours caused flash floods and disrupted road communication.
Nine people lost their lives in Hub, Lasbela, while five others were rescued from the same area, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said. Five others were rescued from the same area, PDMA said.
A large number of people, who had left for picnics in the area during the Eid holidays were stranded by the floodwater.
The province of Punjab had no rain-related deaths, however, 54 large and small buildings were affected by heavy rain and several people were injured.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department said more rain, accompanied by thundershowers and gusty winds, is expected in various areas, including Rawalpindi, Lahore and lower Sindh (Hyderabad, Karachi, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar and Shaheed Benazirabad divisions).
These were Pakistan's first monsoon rains this year. Their monsoon season lasts from June to September.
In 2010, heavy monsoon rains affected 20 million people (mostly by destruction of property, livelihood and infrastructure), and caused more than 2 000 deaths.
Featured image: Karachi, Pakistan after heavy rains and floods - June 30, 2017. Credit: Raza Haroon (via Twitter)