Extreme Weather in Pakistan on August 31 2017 10:31 AM (UTC).
At least eleven people, including four children, were killed due as the metropolis was battered with heavy rainfall on Thursday after initial light showers a day before, Geo News reported. Heavy rainfall started late Wednesday night, resulting in disruption of power supply to many areas of the city. Rescue sources a majority of the deaths were caused due to electrocution. Reports of rainfall were received from Saddar, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Airport, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Malir and other areas. The highest amount of rainfall was recorded at 130.3mm in Nazimabad, followed by North Karachi at 97.5mm. Gulistan-e-Johar and Masroor base received 37mm of rain, Gulshan-e-Hadeed received 26.2mm of rain while Pehlwan Goth was at 16mm. PAF Faisal received 22mm of rain. Heavy rainfall is expected to lash the metropolis until Friday. The downpour, and subsequent inundation of major roads and streets, resulted in low attendance in offices and led private schools to announce a holiday today late Wednesday night. The Sindh education department too made a late announcement of schools' closure across the province. The northern areas of Karachi were the worst affected, with rainwater flooding homes and other structures in low-lying areas. The downpour not only resulted in closing down of around 90 per cent of the city's markets, but also led to a halt in traffic on the link road of National Highway and Super Highway as the Goods' Transport Association decided its vehicles would stay put till the situation improves. Speaking to Geo News, Karachi Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra said the Provincial Disaster Management Authority has not yet sent any machinery to help with relief efforts. Vohra said it would take five days to drain out the rainwater. Meanwhile, in a press statement, the Inter Services Public Relations said the Karachi administration requested the army for assistance in light of the torrential rain in the city. "Army extending full assistance. Water extraction pumps immediately given," said the military's media wing, adding that the army chief has directed for the provision of complete assistance for helping citizens. Moreover, Hub, Badin, Mirpurkhas and other areas of Sindh also received rain whereas forecasts predict light to heavy showers across Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) stated on its website that more widespread rain/thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds (with isolated heavy to very heavy falls) is expected in lower Sindh (Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Karachi divisions), in the next 24 hours. Moreover, rain/thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, Kalat, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Makran divisions, while at isolated places in Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Malakand, Sargodha, DI Khan, Zhob, Quetta, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. According to the PMD, the weather system is going to affect the country's southern region until Friday after which the focus will shift to the northern region and will continue until Sunday.