KARACHI - The City of lights is in complete darkness for the last three days as the record-breaking power breakdown that started on Saturday night is still persisting on Monday evening. No wonder the Karachiites, fuming at the authorities, have vented their anger by attacking KESCs offices in various parts of the economic capital of the country. With nowhere to go and no one to listen, the angry people decided to come out on the streets and attacked KESC complaint centres and other offices, during which one youth has also been killed. On the other hand, 10 more bodies have been found from various areas of the provincial capital, raising the death toll to 62 after the one of heaviest rainfall in the financial hub. Nine of these corpses were recovered from various nullahs while another young lady became the latest victim of caved in roof. Enraged Karachiites staged protest demonstrations, blocked main roads and confronted with police in which a youth, Hassan, was killed by a stray bullet in aerial firing within the limits of North Nazimabad Police Station. Angry protesters blocked main arteries including Superhighway, FTC Flyover, Shahrah-e-Faisal and MA Jinnah Road along with different roads in Clifton, Zamzama, Gizri, Neelam Colony, II Chundrigar Road, Baldia Town, Mehmoodabad, Akhter Colony, Dawood Chowrangi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, University Road, Safoora Goth, Landhi, Korangi, Malir, Quaidabad, Garden, North Nazimabad, Paposh Nagar, Chandni Chowk, Natha Khan Goth and various parts of Lyari Town. They pelted stones on vehicular traffic and chanted slogans against the KESC management and government authorities. Due to the riots, thousands of commuters had to suffer as they were trapped in the traffic jam across the City. During the past two days, 21 offices of the utility provider have been attacked and important equipment and vehicles are damaged or set ablaze. Some staff members had also been manhandled. In one of such incidents, an angry mob ransacked a complaint centre in PIB Colony and took away computers, wires, fans and other accessories. Meanwhile, KESC has reportedly called in Rangers and police to guard its installations and for maintaining law and order situation, but the protesters continued confronting the law enforcing agencies personnel. Police resorted to aerial firing and used teargas to disperse the angry mobs. The breakdown had started on Saturday night when the KESC system collapsed because of torrential rains. And to multiply the vows, a 550 KV transmission line from Guddu to Dadu and Hubco to Jamshoro was also damaged the same evening, plunging the metropolis into gloom. The KESC has completely failed in providing relief to its consumers, despite their tall claims of preparedness for the monsoon season. The heavy rain followed a very hot summer and the citizens should have enjoyed the change. But the complete loadshedding has nullified the positive impact on the Karachiites, with 90 per cent of residents are without electricity even after 3 days. But the KESC has its own story to tell as one of the sources within the company said, The provincial and City governments are actually diverting the public attention from the issue of poor water drainage, in order to hide their negligence. It is ridiculous to ask the KESC to send its employees to correct the faults in the areas where there is stagnant rainwater near and around the electricity installations. We are trying our best to recover from present crisis and our employees are striving their best. But the City government has must drain the water from various localities. Meanwhile, Naveed Ismail, CEO of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), during a news briefing has said that electricity supply to Dhabeji Water Pumping Station had been restored in order to facilitate water supply to the metropolis, which had had started to work from midday on Monday. He claimed that the KESC did not have any electricity shortfall; in fact for a few hours on Sunday, it had been supplying 120 MW to Pepco. It is the rain-related faults in the distribution system causing power supply suspension to the consumers, he added. He said the main problem was the damaged 500 KV line between Guddu and Multan causing unexpected interruption in various areas including interior Sindh. Ismail said the majority of the troubled 11 KV feeders had been restored. About 487 maintenance teams had been working to repair the faults in LT cables, broken wires, the network disturbed by fallen trees and individual constraints to resume electricity supply in the shortest possible time, he said. He expressed hope that the public would demonstrate restraint and patience in present emergency like situation and would allow the KESC teams to carry out their work unhindered. On a question regarding KESCs advance preparations to counter rain related emergencies, Ismail said last week the Met Office had forecast around 30 per cent less than normal rains, while the KESCs Monsoon Plan had been finalised keeping in mind average rainfall. But instead, the monsoon rains had been unprecedented with 10 inches of rain over a matter of hours, he said. Ismail claimed that the company was keeping the key government officials updated on the electricity situation and the federal, provincial and City governments were providing all possible cooperation for restoring power supply. The KESC CEO further stated that till Monday evening four grid stations including Gadap, Bela, Uthal and Vinder were non-functional and repair work was being carried out. Additionally, two huge transmission towers had fallen down in Gadap, which had to also be fixed. Jan Abbas Zaidi, Chief Operating Officer Distribution, said 112 faults had been registered by the utility on which action was being taken. Over 30 per cent of the affected areas had been receiving power supply through back feeding, he added. He said Korangi, Gulshan-e-Millat, Bagh-e-Rizwan, Clifton, Landhi, Irum Palace, Gulshan Ammar, Malir Halt, Federal B Area, North Karachi, North Nazimabad, Model Colony, Garden and Orangi had been partially affected by the local faults. Standing water on streets as well as in the sub-stations and circuits had been blocking the way of fast recovery, but methods were being followed to restore supply in all these areas, he claimed. He further told reporters that Unit 1 of Bin Qasim Power Plant was generating 135 MWs with 175 MWs by Unit 2, 190 MWs by Unit 5 and 200 MWs produced by Unit 6, while unit 3 and 4 were shutdown due to oil shortage.