Roads, streets, houses are flooded when heavy rains come back to Karachi
Sunday rain caused relatively less damage in Karachi because the weekend kept most people at home and traffic on the road sparse. If today were a working day, the rainy season would be the worst year in terms of its potentially damaging impact on the city.
Because the Met Office expects more rain for Monday, people must prepare themselves because the worst is yet to come, especially since Sindh and the local government have once again failed miserably to get the rainwater channels cleared in time.
It was not until July 2 that the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and six district municipal companies (DMCs) had begun to clear the city nullahs – after holding several press conferences against the provincial government and asking for funds.
Most of the dirt removed from the channels in the Central District is already on the sidewalks and roads. After heavy rain, the mud littered the road and then was pushed back to Nullah due to water pressure.
Immediately after the third spell of the rainy season this year began in the city on Sunday, major roads, such as Sharea Faisal, University Road, Jalan Sher Shah Suri and Shahrah-e-Pakistan, were flooded with rain.
Storm drains overflow, and about 80 percent of metropolitan cities lack electricity because more than 550 feeders are reported to have tripped. Due to power failures at the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) pumping station in Gharo, water supplies to the city were also suspended.
Areas such as Malir, Shah Faisal Colony, Defense View, Akhtar Colony, Manzoor Colony, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Karachi, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Orangi City, Liaquatabad, Colonies and Scheme-33 PIB are also due several other areas in the city experienced power outages that lasted late into the night.
K-Electric, however, makes a guarantee that the recovery of the power supply is being carried out quickly. The company also said that electricity supply to certain areas could not be restored due to flooding.
In addition, the Thado Dam in Gadap City began to fill with water during heavy rains in the catchment area. Until 6 pm the dam has stored about 20 feet of water.
All roads and passageways were flooded with torrential rain. There are three weirs and 10 small dams on the Malir River.
Nagan Chowrangi in the Central District disappeared completely due to heavy rain due to the large rainwater flowing below it. This is not the first time that has happened.
New waterways were built at the intersection during the construction of the Green Line bus line project, but they also failed to bring rainwater. Even the Green Line is flooded with water in Chowrangi.
Just before Nagan Chowrangi, Shadman City was also flooded with rainwater, while the Central DMC tractor destroyed the storm drains walls so that the water could be drained. In UP Morr, roads and sidewalks were damaged at several points so that water could become part of drainage.
“This is really bad planning!” said UP Morr resident Waqas Ali. “Every year the authorities have to break the edges of these waterways, but they have not found a permanent solution.”
Gujjar Nullah – where the authorities drain millions of rupees annually for cleaning but still fail to clean them in a sustainable manner – once again overflowed and flooded the residential area built in his bank. On Block-5 near Federal Area B, rain water flows into homes.
In Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block-12, cars parked on the road sank in rain water. Knee-high water at Jauhar Chowrangi is dried around 5 pm. In Nipa and Samama, waterways overflowed and submerged University Road. In Sharea Faisal, Drigh Road is partially closed to traffic after heavy rains.
Rainwater also accumulates in the FTC area in Sharea Faisal and Gora Qabristan, on Aiwan-e-Sadar Road, and in the Chowk and Tibetan Centers of Pakistan. Knee-high water can also be seen right in front of the KMC headquarters on MA Jinnah Road.
In the absence of a drainage system, water enters under pressure in several residential communities in Scheme-33. The Model Colony and PECHS are one of the hardest hit areas in the city. However, DHA is not greatly affected because most of its channels are cleaned and have the capacity to take rainwater. Drainage
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar visited various areas to review steps to drain rainwater. He also talked with the people in Chaman and Saddar’s times, and seemed satisfied with the situation of the city. Akhtar claims that if KMC does not eliminate encroachment from Gujjar, Saddar, Soldier Bazaar, Mehmoodabad, PECHS and other storm drains, the situation may be very different. “We cleansed this nullah properly in 2018 and that is why they still drain rain water.”
He said he had asked the Sindh government to speed up cleaning the drains and also asked for a permanent solution. He added that traffic flow at all KMC underpasses was normal, and staff were mobilized to deliver water on time. “All KMC departments are on high alert.”
KWSB Managing Director Khalid Sheikh also visited various areas of the city and directed his staff to use more heavy equipment in Nagan Chowrangi, Sharea Faisal, and Nipa Chowrangi.
A press statement said the water boards had taken all steps to drain rainwater, and their water drainage machines, rodding machines, dewatering pumps and sewer cleaners were deployed in every low-lying area of the city.
MD visited PECHS, Drigh Road, Karsaz area, II Chundrigar Road, Burns Road, Pakistan Chowk, Club Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, PIDC area, North Karachi, and other parts of the city.
It is important to mention here that most KWSB manholes are found in some areas of the city, while people fill them with sticks or lay bricks around them to warn passengers and passersby.
Due to heavy rains which were followed by urban flooding, EC temporarily suspended electricity supply to lowland areas in the Orangi, Korangi, Defense, Baldia, Gulshan and Bin Qasim areas as well as areas with high incidences of illegal connections in the interests of public security.
A press statement said the power company team remained involved in restoring power to the affected areas as quickly and as safely as possible given the rainwater accumulation due to drainage challenges. EC management also coordinates with the city government to drain the water needed to restore power.
“The KE team remains vigilant in following rain predictions and responds quickly to restore electricity in the affected area,” a company spokesman said.
“While waterlogging in the lowlands and other areas causes difficulties in restoration work, the supply of electricity to strategic installations, including major hospitals, KWSB pump stations and airports, is confirmed and the team responds quickly in the event of a disruption.”
KE expressed regret for the inconvenience caused by its customers due to the weather, and advised to stay away from broken cables, electricity poles and transformers, especially during rainy and windy weather, and avoid the use of illegal electricity connections.
Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani directs all local government bodies and deputy commissioners to remain vigilant during rainfall. A press statement said he was monitoring rain-related operations throughout the city.
DC and assistant commissioners continue to survey different city streets and provide information to commissioners about the drainage situation in their respective jurisdictions.
Shallwani also directed EC to do their job so that people stay safe from the installation of the electricity company. He also urged people to keep a safe distance from such installations.