KARACHI: Quaidabad and its adjacent areas including 35 villages were submerged in water after cracks formed in Malir River wall on Wednesday morning.
Heavy rain in Karachi throughout Tuesday wreaked havoc as most of the areas were inundated with rainwater and people suffered millions of rupees loss. Dyke of Malir river was cracked which resulted in accumulation of five to six feet water in several villages including Ibrahim Garden, Marvi Goth, Madina Colony, Gulshan e Abbas, Afridi Colony and Yar Muhammed Goth.
Citizens spent the night on rooftops while Pakistan Army, Navy and Rangers personnel rescued dozens of people. Edhi volunteers also evacuated six people trapped in water on the Korangi Causeway.
Rescue work was started by Pakistan Navy to evacuate the trapped people after the water of Malir river entered Dada Bhai Colony and adjoining area near near Baloch Colony and the trapped people were brought out with the help of boats.
Residents in the affected area said their homes had accumulated several feet of water.
UC Chairman Khurram Shehzad said that due to improper closure of Malir river gate, water entered Dada Bhai Colony, however, discharge of water from the gate was stopped late at night and machinery was working to drain the water.
‘Army helping in repairing Malir dyke’
Provincial Minister of Sindh Saeed Ghani said the dyke broke from two sides which created great trouble in Malir. The teams were working to immediately repair the dyke, he said talking to a private TV channel.
He said the Pakistan Army personnel were also helping the civil administration in repairing the dyke.
More rains predicted in Karachi
Due to torrential rain, both the tracks of the National Highway were submerged following which long queues of vehicles were formed.
The met department has predicted more rains in Karachi on Wednesday (today) and Thursday.