You are currently viewing Monsoon rain disrupts life in Karachi, 20 killed

Monsoon rain disrupts life in Karachi, 20 killed

KARACHI: Bewildered by the blows of heatwaves the citizens of this Metropolis pray for rain but when monsoon lashes the Port City they regret they ever asked for it. 

The reason is that concerned public representatives and corrupt officials of the government, who are supposed to regulate the unbridled and unsystematic construction, provide utilities like electricity, cleaning of rain-water nullahs, construction and maintenance of roads and sewage system, all take bribes to allow illegal structures, steal crores of rupees meant for building/maintaining infrastructure and cleaning the garbage from roads and arteries. 

As a result even a few drops of water turns roads into ponds, inundate low-lying kachi abadis, make choked nullahs overflow. Outages for hours and days are normal due to faulty electric supply system that also results into deaths due to electrocution. 

Yesterday’s and today’s intermittent rain – though not heavy – too killed 19 people mostly due to electrocution. Many others were injured in Jodia Bazaar and Gulshan-e-Maymar when roofs of their humble abodes collapsed.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.