Pakistan

23 persons, including children, die in Karachi floods

September 02, 2017 08:45 PM

ISLAMABAD : At least 23 people, including seven children, have died in the wake of flooding in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, large parts of which were under water on Friday following a prolonged period of rainfall that started on Wednesday night.

Pakistan’s largest city received up to 130 mm of rainfall on Thursday. The army and paramilitary Pakistan Rangers were directed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to help clear roads and re-establish communication in the city of some 15 million.

The heavy rain continued through Friday and the local media reported that many neighbourhoods were flooded, with scores of cars and motorcycles under water, as bodies of animals floated through the streets.

Most deaths were caused by electrocution and other rain-related incidents.

Some 400 houses in settlements along the Lyari river were inundated.

Most major thoroughfares were flooded while there were reports of parts of buildings and portions of roads collapsing.

Pakistan’s largest city received up to 130 mm of rainfall on Thursday.

The army and paramilitary Pakistan Rangers were directed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to help clear roads and re-establish communication in the city of some 15 million.

The army is extending full assistance to civilian authorities and has despatched water extraction pumps to the affected areas, the military’s media wing said.

The Pakistan Navy, too, was assisting the city’s administration and had provided water pumps to drain several areas of the metropolis, a navy spokesperson said. The navy also sent boats and divers to assist in rescue and relief operations.

The heavy rainfall severely disrupted transport across the city and affected dozens of flights at Jinnah International Airport.

The deaths in Karachi were the latest in a disaster that has so far killed more than 1,200 people across the region encompassing India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Countries in the region suffer frequent flooding during the monsoon season, but international aid agencies say things have been worse than normal this year.

Karachi mayor Wasim Akhtar said authorities were working to help those affected by the rains.

According to Pakistan’s meteorological department, rains will continue for three days in various parts of Sindh province, where authorities closed schools as a precaution.

Windstorms and rains were also expected in southwest Balochistan and eastern Punjab provinces.

The meteorological department in an alert said rains were also expected in the capital Islamabad and in Pakistan’s portion of Kashmir.

The private Edhi Foundation, which runs ambulances and medical centres, said it had confirmed 13 people dead and 350-400 houses inundated near the Lyari river.

 

 

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