10 die in rain-related incidents in Pakistan

Karachi, Aug 6 (IANS) At least 10 persons died and six others were injured in separate rain-related incidents in Pakistan’s Karachi city, which was also hit by massive power outages due to the downpour.

According to local media reports, heavy rain coupled with gusty winds continued to lash Karachi and other cities of Sindh for the second day on Saturday,

“Most of the citizens lost their lives due to electrocution and walls caving in,” rescue officials said, Daily Pakistan reported.

The downpour crippled life in the city and inundated various areas in Karachi. Several neighbourhoods were under waist-deep water.

At least 600 electric feeders tripped, leaving 45 per cent of city areas without power and adding to the misery of citizens.

According to Pakistan Today, over 400 power feeders tripped on Friday night and electricity is yet to be restored.

The disconnection of power supply to different pumping stations also hit water supply to the city.

“Up to 56 mm rain was recorded in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area on Saturday morning,” a Met official said.

Many residents opted not to venture out as all major thoroughfares were submerged in rainwater.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah visited different areas along with senior officials, directing authorities to ensure draining out of stagnant rainwater.

–IANS

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