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Torrential downpour triggers urban flooding in Karachi

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MET Department’s prediction about urban flooding in Karachi proved right when major parts of the metropolis were inundated by rainwater as heavy downpour lashed the city on Tuesday, making lives increasingly miserable for the commuters and residents.

Some areas that were badly affected included Malir, Korangi, Landhi, Shah Faisal Colony, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Saadi Town, Liaquatabad, Federal B. Area, North Karachi, Surjani Town and North Nazimabad.

Karachi University road became flooded owing to the heavy rain, while sewerage and rainwater entered houses in the Naya Nazimabad and Azizabad Block II areas.

Residents in Azizabad griped that the sewerage lines were already broken in the area, which were exacerbated by torrential rain. In Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block III, heavy rain triggered landsliding, which led to a number of cars being brutally dented in the parking of a residential building.

The city’s Surjani Town area has so far been the worst hit, where approximately 80% of the residents were forced to move to safer neighborhoods as water entered their homes. Left to their own devices, the dwellers of the forsaken Surjani Town made boats out of drums and wooden planks in order to navigate their way through the rainwater mixed with sewerage.

According to authorities, Gulshan-e-Hadeed received 105 mm of rainfall over the last 24 hours while Landhi received 45mm of rain.

Pakistan Meteorological Department said that heavy rainfall will continue in Karachi till Thursday.

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