Urban flooding, visitors jams in varied areas as heavy rain lashes Karachi

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Men push a vehicle through a flooded street after a heavy rainfall in Karachi on September 23, 2021. — AFP
Men push a automobile by means of a flooded road after a heavy rainfall in Karachi on September 23, 2021. — AFP

KARACHI:  Heavy downpour accompanied by sturdy winds battered Karachi on Thursday, leaving main thoroughfares flooded and wreaking  havoc throughout town.

Rain was reported in a lot of areas within the metropolis at present, together with Nazimabad, North Karachi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Orangi Town, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, DHA Phase-II, Saadi Town and Kemari.

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Vehicles had been queued on town’s predominant arteries standing bumper-to-bumper for lengthy durations. 

Commuters confronted problem in reaching three predominant hospitals — together with the National Institute of Child Health, Jinnah Hospital and National Institute of Child Health — situated on Rafiqui Shaheed Road as a result of water accumulation.

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Traffic was additionally jammed on varied highways whereas the visitors police had been nowhere to be discovered.

Shahrah-e-Faisal additionally skilled visitors jams as rainwater blocked the service lane. The circulation of visitors was additionally affected in Saddar, Regal Chowk and Fawara Chowk.

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According to the Met Office, most rain was recorded in Surjani Town at 70 millimetres, adopted by 49.2mm in North Karachi and 47mm at PAF Base Faisal.

Meanwhile, by 5pm 20.2mm rain was recorded in Nazimabad, 19.2mm in Old Airport space, 16.1mm in Saadi Town, 14mm on University Road, 10.6mm in Orangi Town and Jinnah Terminal, 8.5mm in Quaidabad, 7mm in DHA Phase II, 5mm in Gulshan-e-Hadid, 3.6mm in Gulshan-e-Maymar and a pair of.7mm rain was recorded at Kemari.

Met  division forecasts extra rain

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecasted rains and thundershowers in a number of areas of the metropolitan on Friday and Saturday.

PMD Director Sardar Sarfaraz stated reasonable to heavy rain is predicted tonight and tomorrow. He warned of city flooding in low-lying areas of Karachi on Friday saying that the monsoon system has strengthened as a result of moisture from the Arabian Sea.

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