Relief & rescue operations underway in Karachi



KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the authorities concerned to mobilize all the resources to clear the roads in Karachi and ensure uninterrupted communication and connectivity. 

Taking notice of the current situation in Karachi due to rains and the problems being faced by the residents of the city, the Prime Minister said that the federal government will provide all possible assistance to the provincial government in this context.

Meanwhile, as many as 15 Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers Sindh teams along with dewatering equipment are assisting civil administration in different areas of Karachi. Number of areas have already been cleared of rain water.

An official of Karachi Administration told our Karachi correspondent Tariq Baloch that two teams of Pakistan Navy are evacuating the marooned peoples from different areas of the city and so far three hundred peoples have been evacuated and shifted to safer places through motorboats from New Golimar area of Karachi.

Pakistan Air Force has also provided a C-130 aircraft and two helicopters to Sindh government to cope with any emergency situation in the province.

According to a PAF spokesman, the aircraft and helicopters will take part in relief and rescue activities.

Meanwhile, the death toll in rain related incidents in Karachi has risen to seventeen.

Met Office said Karachi can receive low to moderate rain on Friday while from Saturday the weather is likely to remain partly cloudy with little chance of drizzling.

The monsoon system that brought torrential rains in Karachi has moved towards South-West in Balochistan.