A large portion of Karachi is underwater with the city lying under a river that has reached about 2 m high. The waters are still rising and, in some areas, have already covered an entire block of land of houses. The Pakistani capital is experiencing unprecedented flooding due to heavy rain over the past few days. According to authorities, it could reach up to 5 m high. Around 70 people were killed on Sunday, including police officials, firefighters, students, people who found shelter with their families, and those whose homes were being flooded. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), this will be the highest rainfall recorded of all time in Karachi, as well as in any other part of Sindh province. There was no warning given by the WMO during early Monday morning when the country recorded its largest rainfall overnight.
It is not clear exactly how severe the emergency is. Due to the rise of water levels, buildings may also become inundated to protect them from floods. In most cases, only the top floor of some buildings can be submerged after which there is a chance for the water to recede to the ceiling area. However, if no more apartments are affected, they will be able to recover within the days. Because of increased heat, the water level could recede higher on the ground. But many buildings were built before the rainy season in such a way that they cannot withstand the pressure of water. They could be filled with water, but only after they were destroyed or the roofs fell to protect against water damage. This condition also affects the electricity supply of these older buildings due to the weak electrical power source. If the walls of the building are destroyed or damaged, it will affect the electricity supply of the whole building. Similarly, it is also affected by the loss of gas.
As the day goes on, the water level increases in Karachi. It seems that people are ignoring safety measures and still want to leave home without considering what to do should it get too late and when water comes inside the house. According to the authorities, those living in areas where water is rising are urged to take shelter immediately and avoid venturing out to the street. As soon as the weather conditions ease, they can return home. Authorities suggest residents stay indoors and follow the instructions issued by local officials. The city’s Mayor urges everyone to keep aside all the things that they use like laptops, smartphones, refrigerators, etc. so that they don't have to deal with emergencies. People in Karachi are advised to monitor the weather situation. If they need to go out of home due to bad bad forecast, they should try to find shelter and save lives and property.
The number of active fire incidents rose to 16. According to reports, around 50 firefighters are engaged in fighting the blaze. Rescue personnel is trying to rescue trapped people. Meanwhile, Islamabad Police are investigating whether any criminal elements may have caused the incident. At least three policemen lost their lives. Their bodies were recovered. Four policemen sustained injuries during the attack. Another body of one policeman was found earlier and officials said his injuries were serious as well. Officials confirmed that the deceased were members and staff of law enforcement agencies including Inspector General of Police Jitender Kumar Singh, Station House Officer of Dabbi Chowk, and SSP Rawalpindi Shaukat Raza. Around 50 police officers are injured in the blast. More than 20 people are missing.
Several buildings were demolished in response to the explosion, while others are still standing as tall as 1 m because of their structural stability. Local television channels reported that at least 15 buildings were being swept away and many of them had a solid structure to protect them from flood waters. City Corporation Commissioner M Khattar Saeed told journalists he instructed senior executives to assess the damages to come up with strategies to restore the city. "We are arranged [to] help you with returning Karachi to its feet, be that as it may, we need your cooperation. We have provided special facilities and equipment for you to tackle this issue in various ways. For example, helicopters have been used, water cannons, sandbags, and pumps have been supplied to make sure that the city gets water quickly,” he said. He added that the federal government is providing financial assistance of Rs 50 billion to provide relief to needy citizens. Additional Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Deputy Chief Minister Raja Aziz, Director-General of Provincial Government Housing, Development and Panchayats, Iqbal Ahmed Khan Niazi, and Chairman SACM Joint Secretary Shahid Mehmood Butt were monitoring the situation following the disaster. "People are attempting to return homes and associations anyway those liable for causing the calamity ought to be viewed as dependable. The dependable individuals should be rebuffed harshly," he said.