Karachi, Pakistan’s bustling metropolis, has been enveloped in heavy rainfall for the second consecutive day, causing significant disruptions across the city. Areas such as Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, DHA, Clifton, and Saddar experienced moderate to heavy downpours accompanied by chilly winds, marking a sudden resurgence of the winter weather that had previously subsided.
The relentless rain has led to water accumulation on key roads and intersections, including University Road, Haqqani Chowk, and Denso Hall, among others, as reported by the Karachi Traffic Police. This has resulted in traffic snarls and inconvenience for the city’s residents, with major arteries flooded and affecting the normal flow of life.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has linked the current weather conditions to a westerly wave prevailing over the regions of Balochistan and Sindh. The forecast suggests that rain and thunderstorms of light to moderate intensity are expected to persist in Karachi and extend to other areas such as Hyderabad, Thatta, and Tharparkar.
Chief meteorologist Sardar Sarfraz indicated that the radar imagery pointed towards ongoing intermittent rain in Karachi, with the likelihood of it continuing into the evening. Moreover, scattered and light rainfall is also anticipated in other parts of the province.
Data from the Met Office highlighted that Saadi Town was the most affected, with the highest rainfall measurement of 17 millimeters, followed closely by Nazimabad and Orangi Town. The weather anomaly has brought back the cold wave, affecting the daily routines of Karachiites and prompting authorities to take necessary measures to mitigate the impact of the adverse weather.
As Karachi navigates through this unexpected spell of rain, residents and authorities remain vigilant, hoping for an improvement in conditions and a swift return to normalcy.