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KARACHI, Sept 11: As scattered monsoon rains continued to lash most parts of the city, at least two people on Tuesday died from electrocution with reports of power outages and sewage overflow in some areas.

Brief traffic gridlock was also witnessed on a few roads mainly in district east which received heavy showers.

In the city, the maximum rainfall of 25 millimetres (approximately one inch) was recorded at PAF Base Faisal, according to the Met Office, which forecast more rains for Wednesday.

“Other areas of the city that received rains on Tuesday were the airport where eight millimetre (0.31 inch) rainfall was recorded. Saddar received 13 millimetres (0.51 inch), followed by Landhi with nine millimetres (0.35 inch); PAF Base Masroor 14mm (0.55 inch) and University Road 5.2mm (0.20 inch),” said a Met Office official.

He added that the minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded at 26 and 31.5 degrees centigrade.

Humidity — a measure of the amount of moisture in the air — was recorded at 82 per cent.

He said: “Weather is expected to remain mostly cloudy on Wednesday, with chances of rain and thunderstorm. The maximum temperature is likely to range between 32 and 34 degrees centigrade,” he said.

While rain-related deaths in the city remained fewer this year, a nine-year-old boy died from electrocution inside his home in the Keamari area and a 35-year-old man met the same fate in the Pakhtunabad area of Site. Officials at the Civil Hospital Karachi and Chhipa Welfare Trust volunteers who retrieved the bodies and transported them to the hospital confirmed to Dawn that the two people died from electrocution.

The heirs of the victims, however, did not allow officials to complete medico-legal formalities and took away the bodies from the hospital.

“The nine-year-old boy has been identified as Ismail and the one died in Site as Moosa,” said a charity worker.

At least 10 feeders of the Karachi Electricity Supply Company were hit by the rain on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the power utility said that other than the 10 feeders, power supply from the KESC remained smooth.

“Special teams of the company have been placed across the city to attend to rain complaints. All the 10 affected feeders were fixed and power supply was restored accordingly.”

While the city’s municipal administration claimed to have controlled the sewage overflow crisis emerged after Tuesday rains, a number of people from different areas called Dawn offices to complain about sewage overflow in their neighbourhoods.

After the moderate spell of rains, the sewage overflow was seen in parts of Korangi, Malir, PECHS and Gulshan-i-Iqbal and the old city areas, including some major markets.

“Under a joint action plan of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), measures have been taken to ensure drainage of rainwater,” said a KWSB statement.

“During the rain, the KESC cooperated with the KWSB and ensured uninterrupted electricity supply to sewage pumping stations.

This enabled the KWSB to ensure better drainage of rainwater and better sewerage facilities for the citizens of Karachi.”

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