Rain, flooding leaves 12 dead, wreaking havoc, bringing life in Karachi to standstill

Heavy rainfall and urban flooding left at least 12 people dead due to electrocution and various other rain-related incidents in Karachi on Sunday, wreaking havoc in the metropolis and bringing life to a standstill.

Various areas were hit with severe, hours-long power outages as heavy rain continued in the metropolis and other parts of Sindh. The uninterrupted downpour — recorded at almost 200 millimetres (mm) — that started Saturday morning created a critical situation in Karachi.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the most rainfall was recorded in Surjani Town with 150.6mm, followed by in Gulshan-e-Hadeed with 149mm. At the airport, 126mm rainfall was recorded, while 117.5mm rainfall was recorded in Landhi.

In PAF Masroor, 110mm rainfall was recorded, while 121mm was recorded at Shahrah-e-Faisal in the last 24 hours. In Nazimabad, 109.2mm rainfall was recorded while 110.2mmm was recorded in Gulistan-e-Jauhar.

The PMD office further said they have recorded 110.7mm rain in the last 24 hours.

The intermittent spell would continue for the next 36 to 42 hours, the MET office had said in its weather advisory on Saturday.