Monsoon rains claims at least 7 lives in Karachi, Pakistan

Monsoon rains claims at least 7 lives in Karachi, Pakistan

At least seven people lost their lives while scores of others were injured in separate incidents in Pakistan's southern city Karachi in the first seasonal monsoon downpour on Monday, July 6, 2020.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reported 43 mm (1.7 inches) of rain in the town of Saddar on Tuesday, July 7, which was half of Karachi's average July rainfall of 82 mm (3.2 inches). Meanwhile, PAF Faisal Base recorded 26 mm (1 inch) and Nazimabad 22 mm (0.9 inches).

Heavy rains led to damaged homes, downed trees, and caused other structural damage, leaving at least 7 people dead.

According to rescue teams, most of the fatalities were due to electrocution, including those of a woman and two kids. Much of the injured victims, on the other hand, were hit by trees, billboards, and debris flying in the strong wind. Electric poles were uprooted, interrupting power supply for hours.

Several low-lying areas of the city were inundated. Road traffic was disrupted in several areas after rains flooded highways and roads. 

The provincial disaster management authority of Sindh province issued urban flooding warnings for parts of the city and other areas of the province.

Authorities added that further rain spell is expected for a few more days due to the monsoon, particularly over Sindh, Northeast Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, and Azad Kashmir

Residents are urged to remain alert and take necessary precautionary steps during forecast periods.

Featured image credit: SAMAA TV/YouTube

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