At least 2 dead in Karachi from rain-related incidents as city experiences ‘extraordinary’ showers

September 27, 2019

At least two people died in Karachi on Friday in rain-related incidents as the city experienced heavy showers for the fourth consecutive day.

Police and rescue officials said that the men died of electric current when an electric wire fell down on moving motorbikes in Site area.

“The victims were riding two separate motorbikes when an electricity wire fell down on them near Site seminary. As a result, Abdul Rauf and Abdul Manan suffered electric shock and died on the spot,” said Site-A SHO Saleem Awan.

The bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital to fulfill legal formalities.

Karachi’s Nazimabad area received the heaviest showers, where 55 millimetres of rain were recorded, an official from Meteorological Department said.

He added that 45mm of rain was recorded in Saddar, 45mm in Surjani, 20mm in Landhi, 32mm in Masroor/Mauripur, 27mm in North Karachi, 11mm in Shareh-e-Faisal, 1.4mm in the Airport area while traces were reported from Gulshan-i-Hadeed.

He further said that more rain is expected.

The recent spell of rain, that has hampered daily activities of Karachi residents, was termed as “extraordinary” by Senior Met official Sardar Sarfaraz, Geo TV reported.

Karachi Electric spokesperson Adil Murtaza urged citizens to stay away from open wires, pad-mounted transformers and electric poles.

He said that power had been disconnected in Korangi Crossing, Maripur, and some parts of Defence and Gulshan-i-Iqbal as “precautionary measures”. Bin Qasim, Baldia and Surjani Town are also experiencing power outages.

“Due to rain and lack of draining of accumulated rain-water, repair work was facing delay,” Murtaza said.

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