Karachi Rain: City-wide power breakdown as monsoon’s first rain spell begins

Parts of Karachi are facing power breakdown as the city received its first rain spell of this year’s monsoon season in the early hours of Monday (today).

According to K Electric (KE) – city’s sole power supplier, has confirmed that various localities are facing power breakdown with Gadap being the most affected.

KE has said that around 450 of its feeders have been affected by the monsoon rains causing power breakdowns in various areas across city including.

Meanwhile, electricity supply to Dhabeji pumping station has been restored.

The areas which received downpour include Malir, Landhi, II Chundrigar Road and its surrounding areas, Steel Town, Yaseenabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Saddar, Numaish, Old City Area, Gadap, University Road, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Site Area, Nazimabad, Sohrab Goth, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Superhighway, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Korangi, North Karachi and others.

The metropolis is expected to receive moderate rain between 10-22 millimetres during this first rain spell.

The three-month monsoon season from July to September will saw an increase in rainfall in the south and north Punjab and Sindh, said the Met Office. The likely rainfall during July – September is 140.8 millimetres.

The development comes as earlier, Met Department had predicted that Karachi was set to receive its first rain spell as part of this year’s monsoon season between July 15th to July 17th.

Met Department had also noted that Karachi might witness some rain on July 12th before the first spell of monsoons officially begins as humid winds are expected to enter Pakistan via Gujrat with monsoon clouds likely to fall in Tharparkar and surrounding areas.

Separately, other major cities namely Lahore and Islamabad received the first spell of monsoon rain today. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued an advisory saying there is a likelihood of urban flooding due to heavy rains in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Peshawar and Faisalabad today and tomorrow.

The heaviest rainfall in Lahore was recorded at 53mm in Farrukhabad, Wasa officials said, adding that 33mm rain was recorded in Nishtar Colony, 32mm in Airport and Nolakha areas, 30mm at Lakshmi Chowk, 27mm in Pani Wala Talab and Gulshan Ravi and 20mm in Samanabad and Punjab University areas.