Power outages, gridlock test Karachi’s patience after showers – Pakistan

KARACHI: Karachi remained under thick, dark clouds on Monday and different parts of the metropolis received light and moderate rains during the second half of the day. The downpour continued to wreak havoc on the poorly maintained traffic, electricity and sewer systems of the metropolis amid the Met office's warning that the current system "is very likely to remain for the next 24 hours" producing light rains at moderated in the lower Sindh, including Karachi.

An official from the Met office said several parts of the city received moderate rains on the second day of the new monsoon period, mainly at night. Some areas, he said, saw frequent showers throughout the day. He said that the southern district of the city received moderate rain for a brief period, as moderate to moderate rains were reported in the metropolis with lightning and thunderstorms.

At 8 pm. Landhi had received a maximum of 18 millimeters of rain followed by PAF Base 13 millimeters, Jinnah Terminal 6.8 millimeters, University Road 6.5 millimeters and old airport area five millimeters while other observatories of the Meteorological Office received traces of rain throughout the day in areas, including Surjani Town, North Karachi and PAF Base Masroor.

Sardar Sarfaraz, from the Karachi Met office, said the low pressure area was present in the northeast of the Arabian Sea for the past three or four days and that recent rains were the result of the same system. Rains are expected to continue in the lower part of Sindh on Tuesday while losing intensity in some areas, including Karachi. He warned that another system was being created in the Bay of Bengal.

It is very likely that the current system will remain for the next 24 hours

"The current situation, the trend and the data analysis suggest that another low-pressure area is being built in the Bay of Bengal that is expected to affect Karachi and other parts of the lower Sindh," he said without any schedule and expected schedule of the New system expected.

Although the rainfall count shared by the Met office did not suggest any major spells or heavy downpours, the brief drizzle and moderate rain caused the traffic system to collapse, causing traffic jams of almost hours on almost all key roads just to Test the patience of travelers. .

The traffic flow that began to decrease around 5 p.m. It worsened at dusk on key roads and it took hours to mitigate amidst the development work on key roads, the non-functioning of several traffic signals and the absence of traffic officials at some intersections.

A motorcyclist tries to repair his vehicle on a busy road on Liaquat Abad Avenue. Most two-wheelers develop faults and stop working during the rain. – Online / White Star

However, authorities blamed the water accumulated on the main roads that affected the pace of traffic that eventually turned into a traffic jam. They also found a much larger number of vehicles on the roads on Monday, being the first day of the week after a two-day weekly rest.

"First, the traffic flow was slow due to the accumulation of water and then the drivers lost patience when trying to reach their destination, which caused lane violations and resulted in a traffic jam," said a senior traffic official. “The southern, central and eastern districts continued to be the most affected, which house several offices of private and governmental organizations, as well as densely populated educational institutions and neighborhoods. Similarly, the key commercial places are also in the same district from where people went home and to other destinations just to put extra pressure on the roads. ”

The roads around the industrial area of ​​Korangi continued to be the most affected, which extended to Shahra-e-Faisal through different links. A link in Shahra-e-Faisal near the Metrople Hotel to the PIDC intersection faced the same situation and traffic in a couple of phases of DHA also remained disturbed for hours.

Within the first raindrops, the energy supply system in the city could not prove its effectiveness and, traditionally, most of the city remained in the dark, even after hours of the cuts.

K-Electric took precautionary measures in several areas as an excuse for the suspended power failure and claimed to have launched repair work in other neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, the dead water level at Thado Dam has increased three inches causing water overflow to adjacent locations.

K-Electric in a brief statement warned that the overflow of Malir Nadi water was affecting its transmission towers in the Malir Gadap circuit. "Our teams are trying to get there, but they are being pushed by the water avalanche," he said.

Posted on Dawn, September 3, 2019

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1503240/power-outages-gridlock-test-karachis-patience-after-showers


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