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As Karachi’s suffering has raised several questions over the performance of the provincial authorities following the recent heavy rain, Prime Minister Imran Khan asked the Pakistan Army on Thursday to help clean up the country’s economic hub.
The ongoing monsoon spell rendered many roads in port city into filthy rainwater rivers, and flooded many houses and shops. Approximately 10 people, including children, have died in the metropolis over the last few days of rainfall.
The Sindh government, though, insisted that the situation “could have been worse” and claimed that the situation was “promptly” handled.
“The Sindh government has been implementing emergency [rainfall] measures under a comprehensive, integrated policy for several months. The situation is not 100 per cent, but at least we are in the field with our people,” Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah had said shortly after the rainfall.
“I have asked the NDMA Chairman to go to Karachi immediately and start the clean-up in the aftermath of the rain,” PM Imran said on Twitter late Wednesday.
“I have asked the Pak army to also help in cleaning up the city,” he aso wrote on his official Twitter handle.
The Premier said earlier on Wednesday that in this difficult situation, the federal government would not leave Karachi ‘s people alone, ensuring that the government would take all possible steps to resolve the Karachi ‘s problems.
During the meeting, which was also attended by Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, Governor Ismail told the Prime Minister of the situation following the recent rains in Karachi.
The prime minister sought to present a comprehensive analysis report on the condition of storm drains in Karachi from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted that on Thursday Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta and Badin will possibly receive thunderstorm rainfall amongst other Sindh cities.