VIDEO: Army to deploy helicopters for rescue operations as Karachi monsoon rain breaks 90-year-old record - GulfToday

VIDEO: Army to deploy helicopters for rescue operations as Karachi monsoon rain breaks 90-year-old record


A girl carries a tea kettle as she wades through a flooded street after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi on Wedneday. AFP

Pakistan’s military said on Wednesday it will deploy rescue helicopters to Karachi to transport some 200 families to safety after canal waters flooded the city amid monsoon rains, displacing scores of people.

Rescuers could not use boats to reach the marooned families because of fast-moving floodwaters in the city's low-lying neighborhoods and the military said helicopters would fly when the weather was clear.

According to local media, the Met Office has confirmed that the 90-year record of the monsoon downpour was broken after yesterday’s rainfall in Karachi in August this year.

KarachifloodtankerMen push an oil tanker  through a flooded road during monsoon rain in Karachi. Reuters 

The 90-year record was broken after a 345mm downpour was recorded at Karachi’s PAF Faisal Base in August this year, making it the wettest month since 1931, which was previously recorded rainfall up to 298.4mm in 1984.

Although rains have lashed many parts of Pakistan, the southern port city of Karachi, located near the Arabian sea, has been the hardest-hit. Streets were flooded on Tuesday with sewage water. Sewage and drainage systems in the city are outdated.

Karachirain3A resident holds a rope as he wades through a flooded residential area in Karachi. AFP

There were no immediate reports of casualties on Wednesday, but 90 people have died in rain-related incidents across Pakistan since Sunday, the country’s national disaster management agency said.

Video footage showed parts of the city under water as troops tried to repair an embankment of a canal. Water started pouring out of the canal Tuesday amid heavy rains, inundating nearby areas.

KarachifloodrescuersResidents hold a rope to cross a flooded residential area in Karachi. AFP

On Wednesday, some families displaced by the rain said the muddy water was waist-deep when they left houses carrying small bags with essential items. Although volunteers and troops were able to reach several rain-hit areas with food, people in affected areas complained they were still waiting for help.

"You can see water is everywhere and muddy water has also entered my home and we have not received government help," said Manzoor Ali, a resident in Karachi's rain-hit neighborhood Dur Mohammad Goth. He said water damaged their household items.

Karachiarmyfood An army officer distributes food to flood-affected residents in Karachi. AFP

The rains were expected to continue the rest of the week in Karachi, where Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier this month sent troops to help local authorities pump out rainwater from residential areas.

Every year, many cities in Pakistan struggle to cope with the annual monsoon deluge, drawing criticism about poor planning. The monsoon season runs from July through September.



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