Karachi Faces Unprecedented February Thundershowers

Karachi Faces Unprecedented February Thundershowers

Karachi, February 4, 2024 – Karachi, the bustling port city of Pakistan, is grappling with an unusual and prolonged spell of thundershowers, setting a record for February rainfall.

The meteorological department reported that the city is witnessing such heavy rainfall in February after a gap of 40 years, creating a series of challenges for residents and authorities alike.

For the second consecutive day on Sunday, various areas including North Karachi, Superhighway, Bufferzone, Nagan Chowrangi, Saadi Town, North Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, and more, experienced heavy to moderate rains. The persistent nimbus clouds in central and northern areas of the city contributed to intermittent rainfall, with the Met Office forecasting that this pattern may continue until evening.

The current temperature in Karachi stands at 19.9°C, with winds blowing at 8 km/h from the northeast. The meteorological department predicts an increase in wind speed to 20-25 km/h during the day. The humidity level is recorded at 92%, creating a muggy atmosphere throughout the metropolis.

Despite the weather warnings and forecasts, several areas of the city, including major arteries, are still grappling with waterlogged streets. Qayyumabad Chowrangi, II Chundrigar Road, Burns Road, Arts Council, Korangi Industrial Area Road, and Shah Faisal Colony are among the locations where rainwater has not been efficiently drained, forcing residents to take long detours to reach their destinations.

Some relief has been observed in areas like Safoora Chowrangi, Gurumandir, Hassan Square, and Essa Nagri, where rainwater has been successfully drained. However, numerous localities are still dealing with the aftermath of the heavy rainfall, with power outages reported in Gulistan-e-Johar Block 8 and Jamshed Road since Saturday night.

The downpour on Saturday night wreaked havoc in parts of Karachi, causing rainwater mixed with sewage to overflow into houses and hospitals. Areas severely affected included Baldi Town, Orangi Town, Surjani Town, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Korangi, Landhi, DHA, Shah Faisal Colony, Malir, Orangi Town, Bahria Town, Saddar, North Nazimabad, Tower, Liaquatabad, and Nazimabad.

The city’s major arteries, including Sharea Faisal, experienced substantial flooding, leaving commuters stranded in their vehicles. The lack of preparedness by the city administration, despite the prior forecast for heavy rain, led to chaos on the roads. Sharea Faisal, one of the main thoroughfares, was submerged, causing numerous breakdowns and disrupting traffic movement.

The Drigh Road underpass faced prolonged inundation, further contributing to the chaos on Sharea Faisal. Other crucial locations, such as the Gizri underpass and District Central’s Nagan Chowrangi, Five Star Chowrangi, Disco Mor, and Surjani Town, were also completely flooded. Some areas even witnessed rainwater entering houses, adding to the woes of the residents.

In District East, the under-construction University Road was submerged, bringing traffic to a standstill for hours. Commuters, including those returning from offices, found themselves stranded on waterlogged roads, facing significant delays in reaching their homes.

A statement from the office of Karachi Mayor Murtaza Wahab acknowledged the challenges and indicated that drainage work had commenced in affected areas once the rainfall subsided. The mayor directed municipal officials to ensure efficient drainage to prevent further accumulation of rainwater.

As Karachi battles the aftermath of this unprecedented February rainfall, the city remains on alert, with authorities and residents working together to mitigate the challenges posed by the ongoing thundershowers.