Urban flooding claims 19 lives in Karachi

Country's largest city records highest rainfall in the history

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Urban flooding claims 19 lives in Karachi

Monitoring Desk:

Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city recorded the highest rainfall in history. Rescue and hospital sources said urban flooding claimed 19 lives in various parts of Karachi. All roads and streets of the mega city of the country were inundated and people faced a lot of difficulties to reach their destination.

Video footage’s show, the citizens making hectic efforts to pass through roads. Meteorological officials said downpours in August have shattered 89-year-old records for the city. Some 484mm (19 inches) of rain has fallen this month so far, city weatherman Sardar Sarfaraz told reporters.

“It has never rained so much in the month of August, according to our data,” Sarfaraz said, adding that the data went back to 1931.

Urban flooding claims 19 lives in Karachi

The Met department said Karachi received 223.5mm of rain in just 12 hours on Thursday alone, the highest amount of rain ever recorded in a single day in the city. The previous 24-hour record was on July 26, 1967, when 211.3mm was recorded at Masroor base.

The crisis-like situation led Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to announce a public holiday for tomorrow. A statement issued by his office said all government, semi-government and private institutions except essential services will remain closed only in Karachi on Friday.

Urban flooding claims 19 lives in Karachi

A 30-year-old man was electrocuted to death in Landhi area, Edhi services said. His body was shifted to a nearby hospital. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Navy during its rescue operation recovered the bodies of two persons from Shah Faisal Town and Korangi Crossing areas, which were handed over to their relatives.

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