KARACHI - City received the first heavy spell of rain on Saturday night due to tropical cyclone PHET, while the second spell is expected to hit on Sunday evening. According to Met Office, its observatory at PAF Base Masroor recorded a downpour of 133 millimeters, Faisal Base 92 mm, Saddar 84 mm, North Karachi 86 mm and Karachi Airport 77.1 mm. Meanwhile, the sanitary staff of City District Government Karachi has started the efforts to flush out water from low lying areas in the city. However, water was still stagnated in large part of the city as intermittent downpour continued in the metropolis. Similarly, heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds have badly disrupted road, air and rail communication systems. Almost all trains to and from Karachi are running far behind schedule. According to Divisional Commercial Officer, Pakistan Railway Karachi Division, a number of trains left City and Cantonment Railway stations with a delay of 2-3 hours. Allama Iqbal Express which was scheduled to leave at 1400 hours left at 1600 hours while Millat Express departed at 1730 hours instead of 1450 hours. Tezgam was due to leave at 1900 hours instead of 1600 hours while Bolan Mail which was scheduled to leave at 1630 hours left at 1700 hours. Karachi Express was due to leave at 2030 hours instead of 1800 hours. Fareed Express was due to leave at 2300 hours instead of scheduled departure time of 2030 hours. Zakaria Express was leaving at 1930 hours instead of 1800 hours. According to DS Railway Aftab Ahmed Memon, all other trains operated right time. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department on Sunday recorded 205mm rainfall on Masroor Base area of Maripur in last 24 hours. Met office claimed that rain at Masroor Base recorded higher than the other areas of Karachi as 205mm was recorded since Saturday. In City downtown, Saddar area was recorded with 180mm rain whereas the area of Shah Faisal where the rainfall was recorded at 173mm. The official further stated that the rainfall recorded at Landhi was 149mm and in North Karachi it was 145mm whereas 143mm of rain was recorded at airport. He said that the rainfall at Gulshan-e-Hadeed was 115mm and at the Gulistan-e-Jauhar Model Observatory, the rainfall recorded was 110mm. According to the official of Met Office, there are chances of more rain in Karachi during the next 24 hours. On the other hand, some people are of the view that rain has relieved them as they as they celebrated downpour with the barbeques, The Nation learnt. The days of searing heats gone and the people, belonged to different walks of life, enjoyed a fine mix of clouds, breeze, sun, rain and hailstorms. As per details, the downpour drove the residents of posh areas to participate in a variety of activities. On the other hand, drainage system of the slum areas overwhelmed the people especially those living near the Lyari riverbed as they vacated their homes and preferred staying at their relatives. On Saturday, I arranged a barbeque party and we will also arrange a party on Sunday night to enjoy the cloudy weather after the scorching weather. We sit in our spacious terraces or balconies and enjoyed the splatter of rain on our skins with the heavenly scent of the wet soil, said 28-year-old Muhammad Saleem, resident of Sea View apartment. Saeed Ahmed, the resident of Nazimabad who run a cloth shop at Hydry Market, told The Nation he went out with the friends to enjoy the rainy weather. I think this showers have been good thing because the weather recently has been hot but after the rain the weather turns great. Faisal Hadi, resident of Nafisabad, said rain in Karachi was a good thing but in our area, peoples lives became miserable as loadshedding was conducted since the rain started. I saw a lot of accidents happening in front of my eyes due to flooding on the streets. A university student Talha Iftikhar said the rain brought with it a number of good things as well as some ominous ones like traffic jam and blockade of drains but one cannot ignore the positive points, the lush greenery that surface after a good shower, the clean roads.