KARACHI - Heavy rainfall in Karachi on Wednesday exposed the Sindh government’s pre-monsoon measures.

The city received an average of over 30mm of rain, including 25mm in Nazimabad, 43 mm in the Airport and Pehalwan Goth areas, 15mm at Faisal Base and Landhi with forecasts of further light and moderate rain on Wednesday. The temperature which witnessed a recorded at a high of 38 degrees Celsius two days before witnessed a fall and cool breeze was witnessed in the city.

The heavy downpour that continued from Wednesday morning and continued till night triggered massive traffic snarl-ups on the roads inundated by rainwater and sewage. Gridlocks were seen at Shahrae Faisal, Karsaz, Hassan Square, University Road, Defence, Clifton, North Nazimabad, Teen-Hatti Chowrangi, Qalandria Chowrangi, Orangi Town, Nazimabad, Qayyumabad Chowrangi, Lanndhy and Korangi.

The people heading towards their homes from their offices were also forced to open their Iftar at roadsides due to heavy traffic jams especially at MA Jinnah Road and Shahra-e-Faisal.

The traffic police officials claimed that over 1,700 traffic cops were deployed, but they couldn’t do anything unless the rainwater was pumped out of the roads.

Immediately after the start of rainfall, there were reports of power breakdown in different parts of the city with hundreds of the K-Electric feeders tripping.

The power breakdown was reported in Federal B Area, PIB Colony, Soldier Bazaar, Saddar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Liaquatabad, Garden, New Karachi and Shah Faisal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Malir, Defence and other areas.

A K-Electric official said that only 140 feeders of the utility had tripped during the rain. “Most of the tripping of the feeders is due to safety. However, the system is working fine and there has been no major breakdown in Karachi due to the current rains,” he claimed.

The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board’s main pumping stations, Dhabeji, Gharo and Pipri suspended their operation due to power failure and leakage of KWSB’s 72-inch pipeline. According to a statement from the utility, water supply to the city has been halted.

Large and small storm water drains overflowed even though the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) along with six District Municipal Corporations (DMCs) had claimed that they had unclogged these drains.

Meanwhile, the Sindh government has banned swimming in the sea for 30 days. A notification has been issued in this regard. According to the notification, the violators will be sent to jail.

At least four people were killed and six others injured in separate rain-related mishaps.

25-year-old Faizan and 26-year-old Hannan lost their lives when an electricity wire fell on them in North Karachi area. Their bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. Similarly, 30-year-old Shafiq was electrocuted in Shadman Town Sector 14 when he was repairing an electricity wire in his shop. An unidentified person aged 65 was also electrocuted in Eidgah area of the city.