Six reported killed in Karachi rain-related incidents

August 03, 2013

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A commuter rides his motorbike on a rainy day in the streets of in Karachi. — AFP
A commuter rides his motorbike on a rainy day in the streets of in Karachi. — AFP

KARACHI: Six people, including two children, died and several others were injured in rain-related incidents in Karachi on Saturday, with heavy showers, although of short durations, turning many of the roads slippery and dangerous for motorcyclists.

Three people died of electrocution in the city's Malir Town, Defence morh and Paposh Nagar areas whereas a child died of drowning in a ditch in Karachi's Sakhi Hasan neighbourhood.

Another child died when the roof of an apartment collapsed in the city's Gulzar Hijri area whereas one person was killed in a traffic accident in Karachi's Qayyumabad locality.

Twelve people were reported injured when the roof of a CNG station collapsed near the city's NIPA chowrangi. The roof of the station collapsed as people as gathered under it to shelter themselves from the heavy downpours.

The rain was accompanied by power breakdown in parts of the city and Karachi’s public health facilities received several who had been injured during rain-related incidents.