14 electrocuted to death as rain paralyses Karachi
KARACHI (News Lab) – Rain has Tuesday been continuing in spells in Karachi as the low-lying areas are inundated and people have been trapped on rooftops in Surjani Town after their homes were flooded with rainwater.
A huge sinkhole has opened up near Shahrah-e-Faisal which has affected the flow of the traffic. Maximum rainfall has been recorded in Surjani Town, and several parts of the metropolis are suffering power outages.
The administration has failed to drain out rain water from Surjani Town, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Gulistan-e-Johar, Shah Faisal Colony, University Road, Nazimabad and other areas as people continue to face trouble.
Loadshedding was conducted in Alnoor Society, Orangi Town and Landhi. At least 14 persons were electrocuted to death in Lyari, Baldia Town, Qayyumabad and Agra Taj Colony.
The educational institutions will remain closed across Sindh including Karachi on Tuesday, and Federal Urdu University and University of Karachi have postponed their examinations that were scheduled for today.
Army to the rescue
Karachi commissioner asked the Pakistan Army for help after flash flooding from Luth dam moved towards populated area. The army has reached the endangered part and started shifting the people to a safe place.
Following media reports, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has taken serious notice of the electrocution incidents and summoned report from the K-Electric.
It is disturbing to note that Karachi Electric (KE) complaint centers have not been responding to telephone calls of consumers.
The NEPRA has questioned the K-Electric over its failure to take precautionary measures as rain was expected. It has also directed KE to take immediate remedial measures for the restoration of power supply.