Karachi vulnerable to rain flooding since 1944 (Pics, Videos)

Irshad Salim — Heavy monsoon rain lashed out in Karachi on Thursday– Pakistan’s financial capital and its largest city, causing overflows and flooding of the main city roads and neighborhood lanes.

At least 12 people have been killed so far, mostly from electrocution, as monsoon rains continued to lash Pakistan’s economic hub on Thursday, officials told media.

Many areas in the city — including North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Orangi, Malir, Drigh Road, and NIPA — are submerged because of the heavy rains while some bridges have turned into virtual swimming pools.

Gujjar Nala area, where the city government launched an operation to remove illegal construction last year, is also submerged in water, according to DawnNews.

The Karachi administration has requested that the Pakistan Army assist them in managing the effects of torrential rains in the city, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

According to the ISPR, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s has instructed the army to extend full support to the city administration.

A pic shows Karachi’s business district on I I Chundrigar Road National Bank lane under urban flooding.

Karachi has always been vulnerable to urban flooding, tweeted Dawn columnist Nadeem F Paracha. Pic 1 below: Saddar area in 1944; Pic 2 below: Saddar, today.

Sarjani Town in Pakistan’s financial capital flooded with rain water and situation seems out of management’s control in Karachi, report Dunya News TV.

Another video on Twitter shows Karachi rain on the NIPA flyover GulshaneIqbal neighborhood.

Meanwhile, this monsoon season, floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have killed 1,200 people and affected 16 million others. Charities are calling it one of the region’s worst humanitarian crises in decades. Almost half of Bangladesh is under water, report BBC.

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