KARACHI: At least nine people, including two women and four children, were killed and several others injured in rain related incidents in Karachi as the city received first spell of monsoon rain.
Electricity supply to most parts of Karachi was disconnected for many hours immediately after the rain started, despite K-Electric’s claims that it had made improvements in its system.
Three died when the roof of a house in Ibrahim Hyderi caved in. A minor girl died as wall of a house in Shamsi Society in Malir fell. One kid was electrocuted to death in Orangi Town, while a woman was electrocuted in Liaquatabad.
Multiple people got injured as a PMT fell in Ibrahim Hyderi area, while two kids passes away in the same area in a roof collapse incident. Several other people got injured in different areas of the city as a result of falling of trees or billboards.
Heavy rainfall and strong winds pelted various areas of Karachi as the metropolis welcomed the first spell of monsoon rainfall on Monday.
The rain with strong winds and thunderstorms was received in different areas including Saddar, Liaquatabad, North Nazimabad, Buffer Zone, Orangi and other areas of the city.
After the rain, the emergency was declared in the city by Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhter and the officers and staff of all essential services including Municipal Services, Fire Brigade, Health, Horticulture and Engineering were put on alert.
The Mayor Karachi advised the masses to avoid standing under trees, hoardings and electricity poles.
He also directed that necessary steps should also be taken in KMC hospitals for protection and control of infectious diseases like Dengue and Chickenpox.
Meanwhile Director General Karachi Development Authority (KDA) Asif Ikram also issued orders to set up a Rain Emergency Center at Civic Center Building here.