Karachi: 200 families in Surjani Town relocated as rain wreaks havoc

KARACHI: As many as 200 families in Karachi’s Surjani Town were forced to relocate on Saturday as rains continued to wreak havoc in the metropolis.

Residents of Yousaf Goth, Bismah Town, Sector 4-B and other low lying areas in Surjani Town had to relocate due to urban flooding in the area. The residents were moved with the help of Rangers and Edhi workers in trucks and boats to safe locations.

Low-lying areas in the city have been the hardest hit with the fifth spell of rain as nullahs overflowed and flooding in residential areas made life difficult for the people.

In New Karachi’s sector 5-E and the Hyderi Market — rainwater flowed from the storm drains which could not be cleaned in due time due to the encroachments — entering streets and houses.

The rains were followed with subsequent power outages across the city, with several areas of the metropolis plunged into darkness after nearly 600 K-Electric feeders tripped.

Areas that had experienced power outages included Surjani Town, Orangi Town, North Karachi, New Karachi, Liaquatabad, Jamshed Quarters, FC Area, Khamosh Colony, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Ahsanabad, Shadman Town, Safoora Goth, FB Area, Power House, parts of Clifton, among others.

MET Department Director Abdul Qayyum Bhutto had said the city might receive 100mm on Saturday with some areas receiving heavy or moderate showers.

Bhutto had said that the monsoon spell can last with intermittent rain showers until Wednesday, adding that heavy rains can cause urban flooding once again.