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Two die in roof collapse as rain continues

September 07, 2012

HYDERABAD: Two persons were killed and another two injured in rain-related accidents in Nawabshah on Thursday. Land route communication in the Kachho area remained disconnected as heavy rains continued to lash different districts of Sindh for a second consecutive day on Thursday.

Shahrukh, son of Abdul Sattar, 12, and Parveen, daughter of Khalil Ahmed, 6, died while Akbar aka Mamul was seriously injured when the roof of a shop collapsed near Nishat Cinema in the Old Nawabshah area.

The two victims used to collect garbage and sell it.

They were at a shop to sell it when it started raining and the children took shelter in the shop. The rain caused the roof to collapse and both died.

Rainwater inundated roads and markets forcing traders to close their business and go back home. An official at the local Met office said that the city received 30mm of rain Thursday and a total 60mm in two days. More rains over the next three or four days have been forecast.

Electric supply to Nawabshah city and adjoining towns discontinued immediately after rainfall and there was no electricity in any part of the city till the filing of this report late on Thursday evening.

Rains also lashed Hyderabad for about 45 minutes on Thursday evening and caused power breakdowns in many localities. “Hyderabad received 35 mm of rain and more moderate rains are expected for the next two-three days,” chief meteorologist in Karachi Mohammad Tausif Alam said.

Low-lying areas were submerged. Commuters and residents of many areas including Latifabad units No.4, 12, Pakistan Chowk, Liaquat Colony, Dadan Shah, Station Road, Paretabad, Pathan Colony and Hussainabad had to wade through standing rainwater.

As prolonged power breakdowns made lives of people miserable, a spokesperson for the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (Hesco) said that a T2 power transformer caught fire in 220-kV grid station of the National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC) at Hala Naka which disrupted power supply through nine 11-kV feeders of the district and 132-kV high transmission line of other districts. The fire was extinguished but power supply was suspended in a couple of areas for safety reasons. He said that a cause of fire could not be ascertained immediately.

He said that electricity in the affected areas would be restored soon, he said.