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Woman dies, infant missing after family fell in drain in Karachi

Karachi was hit with another spell of monsoon rain on Sunday 17th July. The city was once again flooded with rainwater.

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In a tragic incident, a family fell in an open drain in Shadman Town in rain-hit Karachi on Sunday evening. A family was riding on a bike when they fell into an open drain. Later, the husband was rescued but the woman lost her life. However, the couple’s two months baby is yet to be found.

Central SSP Maroof Usman said that the man was immediately rescued. The body of the woman was rescued later near Anda Mor. The woman has been identified as Saman Danish. The search for a minor child is still going on.

Karachi was hit with another spell of monsoon rain on Sunday 17th July. The city was once again flooded with rainwater. The residents have been complaining of the abysmal condition of the city and the deteriorating infrastructure of the city is unable to cope with the heavy rainfall. Images and videos of roads sinking, residential areas flooded and the city plunging into an absolute mess with no proper drainage and sewage system circulate on social media.

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Besides the tragic incident, four other people in the city lost their lives due to electrocution. A young man was electrocuted in Orangi Town on Sunday night. An Edhi Foundation spokesperson said that Farhan Khalid, 28, died when he suffered an electric shock on a street known as Phool Wali Gali in Orangi-10. The body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Another man died in Buffer Zone on Sunday night. Two more persons died of electric shock in Liaquatabad and Orangi Town.

The city received rainfall due to a strong system in the Arabia Sea that brought rains to all the districts in Karachi.

“The low-pressure area, which converted into a depression, moved in west-northwest direction with a speed of 10-km per hour during the last 12 hours and now lies at a distance of about 160km south of Karachi and 140km from Thatta,” said Sardar Sarfaraz of the Met office.

“The maximum sustained surface wind is 50-55 km per hour around the system center. The system is likely to move westward (towards the Oman coast). Under the influence of this weather system, rain-wind-thunderstorms with a few heavy/very falls are likely in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, and almost across Sindh.

He maintained that sea conditions would remain very rough during the next two to three days advising fishermen to avoid venturing into the sea “at least till Monday night”.