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Videos show how heavy rains have wreaked havoc in Pakistan’s Karachi

Videos posted on social media and footage on television channels painted a grim picture of the situation in Karachi. Visuals of a civic structure collapsing and rain water entering homes in some areas played out on most channels.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | August 27, 2020 8:26:53 pm
pakistan, karachi, karachi rains, karachi floods, karachi flood videos, karachi rain videos, flood viral videos, pakistan news, indian expressWomen carry a cot and a bucket as they wade through a flooded road during a heavy monsoon rainfall, in Karachi. (Source: AP)

Heavy rainfall continue to lash Pakistan’s financial hub Karachi on Thursday, inundating roads, paralysing business activities and leaving the city’s one of the poshest areas underwater. Videos of the havoc caused by torrential rain has flooded social media and netizens have been tagging government officials to raise concern. At least 18 people have died since Tuesday, when the showers first lashed Karachi, PTI reported.

Incessant rains for a week have killed more than 90 people in the country and damaged hundreds of homes across Pakistan, displacing people already reeling under coronavirus pandemic. The country’s national disaster management agencies have been working around the clock in rescue and relief operations.

Videos posted on social media and footage on television channels painted a grim picture of the situation in Karachi. Visuals of a civic structure collapsing and rain water entering homes in some areas played out on most channels. From scores of vehicles being submerged in water to policemen being rescued by locals after being washed away, several videos showed the “disastrous situation” in Karachi.

Residents in many parts of the city faced power outage for more than 10 hours. Flooding led to the closure of the KPT underpass in Clifton as well as the Punjab Colony, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad and Ghareebabad underpasses for traffic, according to Dawn.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail termed the situation “unusual and abnormal”, adding that an “emergency response” was required.

However, there is no respite for the citizens. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the city will continue to receive rain until tonight. Karachi Commissioner Muhammad Suhail Rajput urged people not to leave their homes.

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