12 dead, many sacrificial animals electrocuted as torrential rain, flooding wreak havoc in Karachi

KARACHI: Torrential downpour and urban flooding left at least 12 people dead due to electrocution and various other rain-related incidents in Pakistan’s southern port city on Sunday, wreaking havoc in the metropolis and bringing life to a standstill.

The death toll rose to 12 after three motorcyclists were electrocuted to death on Khayaban-e-Shahbaz in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA). They received the electric shock from a pole from which current had spread out into the surrounding rainwater.

Reportedly, police officers had to attach and use a rope to remove the deceased’s bodies from the rainwater.

Separately, numerous sacrificial animals were also reportedly electrocuted to death as they were kept outside on the streets, tied to the electrical poles.

The uninterrupted downpour — recorded at almost 200 millimetres (mm) — that started Saturday morning created a critical situation in Karachi. Various areas were hit with severe, hours-long power outages as heavy rain continued in the metropolis and other parts of Sindh.

Karachi’s sole power supplying company, K-Electric, announced on Sunday that some areas would not receive power even on Eid days. A spokesperson said the main challenge in working to resume the power supply was due to the flooding in the grid stations and installation areas.

On its Twitter account, the KE said: “you may face power interruptions during Eid days due to torrential rain & urban flooding. Our teams are on ground to ensure swift and safe power supply restoration, however water-logging remains our biggest challenge

A large number of locales in Karachi experienced a sudden blackout as a major power outage hit the city at the first drop of rain Saturday night. The continuing unavailability of electricity, as of reporting time, has exceeded 12-18 hours in some areas.

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