Torrential monsoon rains in Karachi on Saturday - Sunday resulted in another 30 casualties as the total number of people killed in two days reached 50, with several more injured.
The rainfall, which started on Saturday night, left several residential areas underwater and deprived large areas of the city of electricity, a private TV channel reported. The 30 people killed on Sunday were victims of various incidents of roof collapse and electrocution. According to the channel, more than 400 cars had broken down and telephone services remained suspended in some area, while a bridge connecting Gulistan-e-Johar to the Karachi airport had also collapsed.
City Nazim Mustafa Kamal declared a state of emergency in the rain-affected areas, saying the city had received a record 245 millimetres of rain in just four hours, the first time such a torrential rainfall had occurred since 1977.
The metrological department forecast rain would continue in various parts of Karachi. However, a senior meteorological official in Islamabad told the AFP news agency the overall monsoon rain would be 30 percent lower than normal.
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