KARACHI, Aug 10: Two days of torrential rains have left at least 21 people dead in the Sindh provincial capital. The rains caused severe flooding, inundating several densely populated areas. Some of the people were killed when their houses collapsed and a few others died from electrocution.
The city was in distress with major roads submerged in knee-deep water. A massive power breakdown plunged several areas into darkness.
According to the meteorological office, over 159.4mm (6.27 inches) of rainfall was recorded on Thursday and Friday.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast some relief from Saturday, with the monsoon weather system over Sindh weakening.
Our Staff Correspondent in Quetta adds: Five people were killed in Jaffarabad and Jhal Magsi districts after heavy rains hit the areas.
“We have received five bodies from different areas,” Dr Rashid Jamali, Medical Superintendent of the Dera Allahyar Civil Hospital, said.
Reports reaching here say that Jhal Magsi and Gandawah were once again cut off from other areas as flash floods, triggered by heavy rains, washed away the portion of the road repaired two weeks ago.
Officials of the local administration were making efforts to restore the road link with Jhal Magsi area to reach the stranded people, but heavy rains and flash floods badly hampered their efforts.