At least five people have died including a woman and children while several others injured in the torrential rains that have wreaked havoc on Monday in Karachi, rescue officials confirmed.
According to the reports, two persons have died as the roof of a house in Ibrahim Hyderi collapsed, while a three-year-old girl died when a wall collapsed in Malir’s Shamsi Society.
A woman was electrocuted to death in Liaquatabad, while a child died due to the electrocution in Mominabad, Orangi Town, according to the reports.
A transformer (PMT) fell in Ibrahim Hyderi resulted in several injuries, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) said.
One person was injured as a tree fell in Korangi’s Sector 33-D, while a five-year-old was wounded when a wall collapsed in Malir’s Memon Goth, PFF added.
According to the Meteorological Department, the monsoon system was said to have been in Karachi’s southeast since the morning and had strengthened due to humidity from the sea, leading to the first rain in the metropolis.
Earlier today, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) director had said that thunder cells were observed near Karachi and the rain spell was “strong”.
“Some areas in the metropolis are experiencing rain with thunder,” he had said, adding that strong winds and dark clouds were set over various neighbourhood including Mai Kolachi, Malir and Shahrah-e-Faisal.
The highest rainfall was recorded in Saddar, at 43 millimetres (mm), while 26 mm was registered at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Faisal Base, 22mm in Nazimabad, 12mm at PAF Masroor Base, 8.8mm at Karacih’s Jinnah International Airport, 3.1mm in Landhi, and 1.2mm in Surjani Town, as per the data provided by the authority.