Karachi:Intermittent rainfall lashed parts of Karachi for a second consecutive day today, Monday, claiming the lives of at least two people after which death toll from the rain related deaths climbed to five.
The bodies of two men were brought to Civil Hospital Karachi from Lyari and SITE area early morning while both deaths were caused by electrocution.
A day earlier, at least three people had died from electrocution as the fresh spell of heavy downpour paralysed life across the city, prompting the government to declare today a public holiday in Karachi and Hyderabad division.
A rain emergency has also been imposed in the province.
Data released by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority showed that during the last 24 hours, PAF Masroor Base (200mm) recorded the highest amount of rainfall, followed by Keamari (188mm), Saddar (164mm), Surjani Town (153mm), Gulshan-i-Hadeed (154mm), DHA Phase II (124mm), Gadap Town (103mm), Quaidabad (111mm), and Nazimabad (106mm).
Several areas of the city also remained submerged as the unrelenting rainfall inundated residential neighbourhoods.
On Monday, Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab visited nullahs at Shaheen Complex and Sindh Assembly, saying that they were still flowing at full capacity.
Meanwhile, the K-Electric (KE) spokesperson said that out of 1,900 feeders, 70 had been switched off as a precautionary measure.
He added that the power supply in Mehmoodabad, Sarafa Bazaar, Korangi Sector 10, Gulistan-i-Jauhar block 10/11/12, KDA Employers’ Society and Fazaia Housing Scheme had been restored after receiving the all-clear from field teams.
He added that the power supply in Ilyas Goth, Bismillah Colony, Madina Colony, Shah Faisal Town and several sectors of Landhi had also been restored.
He reiterated that the power supply had been suspended in areas where a large amount of rainwater had accumulated, saying that it would be restored once the water was drained. He called on consumers to be patient.
Separately, Karachi traffic police said that Awan-i-Saddar, MA Jinnah Road, Haqqani Chowk, MR Kayani Road, Guru Mandir, Liaquatabad, Gharibabad, Shafiq Mor, Sohrab Goth, DHA, Teen Talwar, Clifton, and Quaidabad were among the many areas that were inundated.