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A man stands outside his cabin shop on a flooded street during the monsoon rain, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Karachi, Pakistan August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Water, water everywhere: Karachi, Hyderabad struggle to stay afloat after two days of rain

Roads flooded, people stranded, homes damaged — citizens hope for miracle as rains wash away government's rhetoric.
Updated 26 Aug, 2020 01:37am

Heavy rain lashed Karachi and other districts of Sindh for the second day in a row, submerging many low-lying areas and forcing the provincial government to declare a rain emergency.

As has become the norm, the rainwater flooded streets and even major thoroughfares in the port city, causing damage to hundreds of vehicles besides other infrastructure in these areas.

People wade through a flooded street with submerged vehicles during the monsoon rain in Karachi on Tuesday, August 25 — Reuters
People wade through a flooded street with submerged vehicles during the monsoon rain in Karachi on Tuesday, August 25 — Reuters

A woman prepares tea in a flooded house located in unit-2 Latifabad of Hyderabad. — Umair Ali
A woman prepares tea in a flooded house located in unit-2 Latifabad of Hyderabad. — Umair Ali

A general view shows traffic on a Karachi road during the monsoon rain on Tuesday, August 25. — Reuters
A general view shows traffic on a Karachi road during the monsoon rain on Tuesday, August 25. — Reuters

A family leaves unit-2 Latifabad, Hyderabad, wading through rainwater on Tuesday afternoon. Many families were marooned by heavy rainfall. — Umair Ali
A family leaves unit-2 Latifabad, Hyderabad, wading through rainwater on Tuesday afternoon. Many families were marooned by heavy rainfall. — Umair Ali

Commuters drive in a flooded street during the monsoon rain on Tuesday. — Reuters
Commuters drive in a flooded street during the monsoon rain on Tuesday. — Reuters

A man carries a washing machine on his shoulder to pass through Hyderabad railway station where tracks were completely submerged after Monday and Tuesday's rainfall. — Umair Ali
A man carries a washing machine on his shoulder to pass through Hyderabad railway station where tracks were completely submerged after Monday and Tuesday's rainfall. — Umair Ali

A man swims with the help of empty canisters through a flooded road in Karachi during the monsoon rain on Tuesday, August 25. — Reuters
A man swims with the help of empty canisters through a flooded road in Karachi during the monsoon rain on Tuesday, August 25. — Reuters

A view of unit-2 Latifabad, Hyderabad, from a rooftop on Tuedsay afternoon. Most parts of the area were submerged under rainwater, forcing people to migrate to their relatives' homes. — Umair Ali
A view of unit-2 Latifabad, Hyderabad, from a rooftop on Tuedsay afternoon. Most parts of the area were submerged under rainwater, forcing people to migrate to their relatives' homes. — Umair Ali

A boy wades through a flooded street with submerged vehicles during the monsoon rain in Karachi on Tuesday, August 25. — Reuters
A boy wades through a flooded street with submerged vehicles during the monsoon rain in Karachi on Tuesday, August 25. — Reuters

A view of the Hyderabad-Latifabad subway underneath the main railway track. Around 10 feet of rainwater accumulated in the subway after rain started on Monday evening. — Umair Ali
A view of the Hyderabad-Latifabad subway underneath the main railway track. Around 10 feet of rainwater accumulated in the subway after rain started on Monday evening. — Umair Ali

People gather on the stairs of a pedestrian bridge on a flooded road during the downpour in Karachi on Tuesday, August 25. — Reuters
People gather on the stairs of a pedestrian bridge on a flooded road during the downpour in Karachi on Tuesday, August 25. — Reuters

A view of a section of Makki Shah road submerged under rainwater on Tuesday afternoon in Hyderabad. — Umair Ali
A view of a section of Makki Shah road submerged under rainwater on Tuesday afternoon in Hyderabad. — Umair Ali

A man pushes a motorcycle transporting bags through a flooded street after heavy monsoon showers in Hyderabad on Tuesday, August 25. — AFP
A man pushes a motorcycle transporting bags through a flooded street after heavy monsoon showers in Hyderabad on Tuesday, August 25. — AFP


Header image: A man stands outside his cabin on a flooded street in Karachi during the heavy downpour on Tuesday, August 25. — Reuters