Record-Breaking Monsoons Cause at least 30 Deaths in Karachi
At least 30 people died this weekend due to torrential rainfall in Karachi. The decrepit drainage system has once again caused havoc in the city during the monsoon season.
The downpour began on Saturday and continued for 36 hours, during which at least 400 cars broke down and many residential areas were badly flooded and without electricity. Most deaths were caused by roof collapses and electrocution. One resident, Abdulla, related pulling the body of a drowned child out of a drain, which he said was 'running very fast'.
Karachi is a coastal city and therefore especially susceptible to flooding. More than half the city was submerged - the city government has declared a state of emergency until the situation improves.
"People pulled his body out of a rain drain which was running very fast," he (Abdulla) told Reuters news agency.