But just a photo session that we saw CM Sindh on TV channels visiting at some places in Karachi that does not testify or authenticate that CM Murad Ali Shah might have taken any solid & effective action to deter the impact of Monsoon torrential rains that wreaked havoc in Sindh due to ill-maintained Sewerage & Electricity systems in Karachi.
It’s ineptness & ineptocracy of Sind govt. a phenomenon of bad governance from the leadership – the bunch of incompetent and inefficient MPAs who could not play an active role ensuring proper drainage & power supply system along with adequate crisis-management-planning [in place] saving the life and properties for the inhabitants of Karachi and Hyderabad
Certainly Sindh is being governed by Pakistan People Party [PPP] since 11 years but it does not have an emergency plan to response heavy-downpour strategy that meeting critical situation comes ahead during Monsoon rain.
Sind govt. skyrocketing promises goes dumped when they claim to have spent billions of rupees in the name of laying drainage system but ends in fiasco when the entire city goes clogged due to inundated road and street with rain water, chocked & blocked nullah & manholes that caused paralyzed the normal life.
17 people died due to electrocution that’s begun when the first spell rain started on Monday morning in the metropolis.
And 7 other people were killed in other parts of Sindh due to rain-related incidents since the downpour started.
At least 6 people sustained injuries due to fall of wall and ceiling incidents in Jodia Bazaar and Gulshan-e-Maymar areas
A 9 year-old girl named Masooma was electrocuted in North Karachi’s Sector 5-3 while she was playing in water outside her house near an electric pole.
An individual named Bakht Azameen was brought dead to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre after being electrocuted in Hazara Colony.
Atif, 19, died due to electrocution in Yusuf Goth and 12-year-old Aabir and 13-year-old Ahmed Umar died after suffering electric shock at a cricket ground in North Nazimabad’s Block L
A 30-year-old man, who could not be identified immediately, was electrocuted in Kharadar.
A 22 year-old, Kamran, died when he touched an electric pole outside his home in Block 2.In Gulshan-e-Iqbal 13-D,
A 13 year old Akmal Khan died after suffering electric shock inside his home in Korangi’s Qayyumabad area early Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Edhi lifeguards rescued three children who had fallen into the Lyari river at Teen Hatti.
The accumulation of rainwater caused one track of the Karachi-Hyderabad M9 Motorway to be blocked completely.
Regarding power supply outage 90% area in Karachi remained dark for more than 24 hours
In Hyderabad, power supply started being restored gradually on Tuesday after outages of over 30 hours.
Rainwater flooded on main roads and low-lying areas and Hyderabad city, Latifabad and Qasimabad faced water shortage due to non-supply of water, people seen throwing accumulated water from their houses.
Power supply remained suspended to the 30MGD and 10MGD water reservoirs of the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa). The agency’s Thandi Sarak reservoir, which ensures the distribution of water to large parts of the city, also remained without electricity.
Heavy rains started in Hyderabad again on Tuesday evening, with power outages also resuming.
Trading activities remained almost suspended on Monday as majority of shopping malls, wholesale and retail shops kept their business shut owing to incessant rain coupled with accumulated water on the roads.
However, factory output showed mixed trend as power breakdown in many industrial units had ruined production activities despite large attendance of workers, while supply chain was also hit hard in many industrial areas.
The supply of goods from wholesale to retail markets was also disrupted while the supplies of goods to godowns and wholesalers from industries also remained at standstill.
“We carefully estimate a trade loss of Rs5 Billion on Monday owing to closure of shops and business centers in the city,” said All Karachi Tajir Itehad Chairman Atiq Mir.
Some traders tried to open their shops in the morning due to low intensity of rain but they could not succeed amid persistent showers in the evening.
He said the accumulation of rain water at leading arteries had restricted traffic movement causing gridlocks forcing many traders and workers to stay at home in the absence of public and private transport.
The problem of traders further intensified as rain water entered at main shops and godowns at old city areas, thus destroying the goods and causing heavy financial losses.
Provincial authorities’ claim of managing heavy rainfall finally ended in a fiasco, bringing down business activities to a standstill because of heavy flooding on the roads and markets coupled with short circuit in some markets and cases of electrocution.
Site Association of Industry Chairman Saleem Parekh said production at the area remained normal owing to 70-75 per cent attendance of workers and staffers.
However, movement of goods to the port and supply of raw material to the industries were restricted due to bad road conditions.
President North Karachi Association of Trade and Industry Syed Tariq Rashid said only 10pc production was recorded at the factories despite 90 per cent workers’ attendance at the units.
“Power failure in the area from morning till evening had played havoc with production activities and many units could not run their stand-by generators for longer duration. Majority of industries, after long power disruption, had asked female staff to leave the premises by 3.00pm while male workers left the factories between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.
Senior Vice-President Korangi Association of Trade and Industry Faraz-ur-Rehman said the production activities at 3,600 units in the area plunged mainly due to 50pc less turnout of workers and power shutdown.
He said non-stop rains had also halted goods’ movement to the port besides disrupting arrival of raw material to the industries.
F.B. Area Association of Trade and Industry President Khursheed Ahmed said around 20-30pc of workers could not turn up to their work. “Our area had faced power shutdown from morning till evening thus affecting production activities by 40pc.”
Khursheed claimed that export-oriented industries managed to make their export shipments to the ports.
Many small and medium enterprises, who do not have any power generators, were hit hard while many industries could only run their stand-by generators for four to five hours rather for longer duration due to high fuel cost.
All City Tajir Itehad Association General Secretary Mohammad Ahmed Shamsi claimed that filthy rain water damaged goods worth over Rs20bn in the godowns in old city areas…..[extracted from one English daily]