Rain, hailstones lash port city

KARACHI –  People of Karachi got a pleasant surprise early Monday morning as the metropolis was hit by heavy rain and hailstorm.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted more rains with hailstorm in the city during the next 24 hours.

The hailstones carpeted the streets and rooftops, causing a drop in temperatures. However, various parts of the city experienced power suspension due to the sudden change in weather.

Meanwhile, the rainwater also accumulated on main thoroughfares of the metropolis, affecting flow of traffic and multiplying the miseries of commuters.

According to Metrological Department, several areas of the city, including Defence Housing Authority, Landhi, Korangi, Gulistan-e-Johar and others received ice pellets.

It is worth mentioning here that last time Karachi had witnessed a hailstorm like this was in 2013.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department further said that the rainfall recorded in different parts of Karachi was Sadar 13mm, Landhi 11mm; Nazimabad, North Karachi 10mm, Faisal Base 09mm, Jinnah Terminal 08mm, Karachi A/P 07mm; Masror Base , Gulastan-e-Johar 04mm.

On the other hand, K-Electric spokesperson claimed that Rapid Response team of the power company was on its toes when the city received rainfall as well as hailstorm.

However, the overall power infrastructure remained intact during the spell.

The spokesperson further said that during the hailstorm and rain, a few localized faults developed in some parts of Nazimabad, Orangi, Liaquatabad, Korangi and Landhi, which the KE teams removed in a shortest possible time.

The power supply to major hospitals, KWSB’s water pumping stations and airport remained uninterrupted during this period.

K-Electric continues to upgrade its infrastructure by investing in its transmission and distribution network, which also includes investments in its Aerial Bundled Cables which reduces electricity theft and tripping.

The power utility has urged the people to stay away from broken and fallen wires, refrain from taking shelter under transformers or standing near electricity poles during the rainy and windy weather. Illegal electricity connections (kundas) increase the risk of tripping and breaking of the electric wires, which then becomes a hazard for the lives of residents of these areas.

The power utility appeals to its valued consumers to help KE end the menace of electricity theft so that a more reliable and stable supply of electricity to these areas could be made possible.

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