Karachi gets relief but rains wreck havoc in other

Rescue officials said some 35 people including 16 children had been killed in rain and flood related incidents.

Karachi: Pakistan`s biggest city and
financial hub got some relief on Wednesday from the spell of heavy
monsoon shower but the people in the interior areas of the
Sindh province continued to suffer due to the floods and rain.

Since Tuesday, the country has seen the worst spell of
rain and thunderstorm in Karachi and interior areas.

Rescue and police officials said some 35 people including
16 children had been killed in rain and flood related
incidents.

In a tragic incident at the state owned Jinnah hospital
here, three patients, who were on ventilators, died due to a
power outage due to the tripping of feeders and damage to
pylons.

Met officer Mohammad Hanif said so far more than 150
millimetres of rain had been recorded in many districts of the
province while in Karachi also, many areas got up to 117
millimetres of rain.

The rain was so severe in Karachi on Tuesday that the
government announced the closure of all educational
institutions today as a precautionary measure but dry weather
helped city administration officials in cleaning up the main
roads and arteries, which were submerged under knee deep water leading to severe traffic jams and breakdowns.

Several areas of interior Sindh including Tharparkar and
Badin have been disconnected from other cities as main roads
have submerged under water and hundreds of villages have been
submerged.

Television channels showed footage of areas in Hyderabad,
Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Badin where entire localities,
villages were submerged in the water.

Local residents face severe shortage of drinking water in
these areas.
In a tragic incident at the state owned Jinnah hospital
here, three patients, who were on ventilators, died due to a
power outage due to the tripping of feeders and damage to
pylons.

Met officer Mohammad Hanif said so far more than 150
millimetres of rain had been recorded in many districts of the
province while in Karachi also, many areas got up to 117
millimetres of rain.

The rain was so severe in Karachi on Tuesday that the
government announced the closure of all educational
institutions today as a precautionary measure but dry weather
helped city administration officials in cleaning up the main
roads and arteries, which were submerged under knee deep water leading to severe traffic jams and breakdowns.

Several areas of interior Sindh including Tharparkar and
Badin have been disconnected from other cities as main roads
have submerged under water and hundreds of villages have been
submerged.

Television channels showed footage of areas in Hyderabad,
Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Badin where entire localities,
villages were submerged in the water.

Local residents face severe shortage of drinking water in
these areas.

The rain and floods were a troubling reminder of floods
which ravaged much of Pakistan in late July and August last
year when around 2000 people were killed and 10 million left
homeless.
International rescue and aid organisations say around
800,000 families are still without shelter.

This year, floods have destroyed or damaged 1.2 million
houses and flooded 4.5 million acres (1.8 million hectares)
since late last month and more than 300,000 people have become
homeless.

The late relief efforts have led to incidents in many
parts of the province where angry affectees have blocked roads
and looted ration trucks and containers.

General practioner, Dr Hameed Khokar said there was also
the increasing danger of the floods and rain causing many
fatal diseases which need to be prevented on emergency basis.

The director-general of the Sindh Health Department,
Hafeez Memon, said there were 2,000 confirmed cases of malaria
and the number was likely to rise.

PTI

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