Five people died, three due to electrocution, as heavy rain wreaked havoc in Karachi. The rain, which was a relief after a rather long dry spell, soon turned into a nightmare for the city's residents on Sunday.
From cars floating in sewage-mixed water, roads and highways submerged in rain water, overflowing gutters, urban flooding, the deplorable condition of roads, and people trying to remove the drowned bodies not only revealed the ill-maintained civic infrastructure in the country’s largest city, but the apathy of the authorities.
Gulistan-e-Johar,Karachi.— عوامی رینــچ ™️ (@NaikRooh) July 26, 2020
Bhutoo winning the gold medals in water sports events. pic.twitter.com/thYwOLJlBq
Goddd! This is Karachi, after it rained for 30 mins. ONLY! 😳@BBhuttoZardari - Wearing "Ajrak Mask" is NOT sufficient to show that you care for Sindh! Karachi needs SERIOUS attention! This is unbelievable! :/ pic.twitter.com/jC8wFD0Qmy— Maleeha Hashmey (@MaleehaHashmey) July 26, 2020
Why do people complain Karachi has no entertainment? Here’s an amazing drive-through water park. Thank you PPP and MQM pic.twitter.com/kEFRkKSair— ṕ̷̷̷̡̢̀͘̕̕͢ơ̸̷̷̧̡̧͘͘͜͞p̵̷̴̨̀̀͘͘͢͞͞ò̶̵̶̸̧̡͜͜͟͝ (@spopalzai) July 26, 2020
2 hours rain has drowned entire city of Karachi.. with heavy rains, water ponds are normal anywhere, but they disappear within hours but in Karachi it stays for week, brings destruction. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/48mpQ0Zv7a— Arif Aajakia (@arifaajakia) July 18, 2020
This is not Venice, this is Karachi in Monsoon 2020. This situation can be easily managed if PPP govt that has authority over Sindh Solid Waste Management, cleans the nullahs ahead of moonsoon so sewage system isn’t choked. Yet they never do that.— PTI (@PTIofficial) July 19, 2020
Like every year, life in the city crumbled under the monsoon.
The city's resident shared on Twitter how the city sinks every year and nothing has been done to improve the situation. The PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party) government, which has been governing the city for the past eight years, has come under harsh criticism.
Prime Minister Imran Khan's PTI has also unleashed an attack on PPP.
Karachi drowned yesterday due to rain, but PPP was busy celebrating Asif Zardari’s birthday. We are surprised there is still debate about PPP being a viable option for Pakistan. They have been governing Sindh for more than a decade straight now and stand totally exposed now. pic.twitter.com/hFOIaf1kWB— PTI (@PTIofficial) July 27, 2020
Karachi, which is Pakistan’s commercial hub and contributes more than 20% of the national output, has dropped 12 places in the Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey, where it is at 202nd out of 230 cities.