KARACHI: Two people, including a police officer, died of electrocution in the city on Friday as rain battered the metropolis, leaving the city’s main roads and streets submerged with water.
Constable Irshad Ali was on-duty at the Water Pump in the city’s Ibrahim Hyderi area when he died as a result of an electric shock. Another person in the city’s Clifton area succumbed to electrocution.
Torrential rain wreaked havoc in the city, leaving many areas without power for hours. The MET Office has forecast intermittent rain in Karachi starting in the afternoon today (Saturday), adding that the rain system is present in the Arabian Sea’s southern region.
Areas that received rainfall included Jamshed Road, Model Colony, Saddar, Clifton, Malir, Gulistan-e-Johar, Dhoraji, Bahadurabad, PECHS, Soldier Bazaar, University Road, Gulshan-e-Hadid, Abdullah Haroon Road, Shah Faisal Colony, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Fawwara Chowk, M.A. Jinnah Road, and Garden.
Power outages were reported in Manzoor Colony, Model Colony, Shah Faisal Colony, Korangi, Saddar, Lines Area, Orangi Town, Gadap, Kathore, Baldia Town, Lyari, Shah Faisal Town, Tariq bin Ziyad Society, Malir Halt, Moeenabad, Liaquatabad C-1 Area, Drigh Road, Defence Housing Authority (DHA), and Mehmoodabad.
The city’s Clifton Block 5 area continued to remain without electricity till Saturday morning, as per reports.
Other areas of the city, namely Manzoor Colony, Junejo Town and Defence View continue to face power outages at regular intervals while residents in North Karachi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and other areas continue to suffer from unannounced loadshedding.
The K-Electric spokesperson said that work to restore power in areas affected by the rain was being carried out. He said that electricity had been restored in Surjani Town, Federal B. Area, Defence, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Orangi Town areas.
The power distributing company said that it was encountering problems in restoring electricity in areas submerged by water.