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In pictures: Torrential rain floods Karachi, shatters records

More than a dozen people have died in this week's rain while residents have been forced to abandon their homes.
Updated 27 Aug, 2020 05:57pm

Torrential rain lashed Karachi on Thursday, causing widespread flooding, as downpours in August shattered 89-year-old records for the city, meteorological officials said.

Thursday marked the third day of heavy rain this week, during which more than a dozen people have died while residents have been forced to abandon their homes.

Provincial authorities were moving displaced families into school buildings as the military carried out rescue and relief operations.

“It has never rained so much in the month of August, according to our data,” the country’s chief meteorological officer, Sardar Sarfaraz, told Reuters, adding that the data went back to 1931.

People wade through a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi on August 27, 2020. — AFP
People wade through a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi on August 27, 2020. — AFP

Flood-affected people gather on a higher place following heavy monsoon rains in Karachi. — AFP
Flood-affected people gather on a higher place following heavy monsoon rains in Karachi. — AFP

People wade through a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains. — AFP
People wade through a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains. — AFP

A resident holds a rope as he wades through a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains. — AFP
A resident holds a rope as he wades through a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains. — AFP

People carry a washing machine through a flooded residential area. — AFP
People carry a washing machine through a flooded residential area. — AFP

A man rides on a donkey cart during heavy monsoon rain in Karachi. — AFP
A man rides on a donkey cart during heavy monsoon rain in Karachi. — AFP

People ride in a vehicle during heavy monsoon rains in Karachi. — AFP
People ride in a vehicle during heavy monsoon rains in Karachi. — AFP


Header image: People wade through a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi on August 27, 2020. — AFP