As rain wreaks havoc in Karachi, CM Murad directs municipal agencies to work fast

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KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has tasked all municipal agencies in the city to speed up their efforts for the drainage of rainwater in Karachi, as many of the city’s roads and streets remained submerged in water Friday after a spell of heavy rain.

Murad called on administrations of various affected districts of the city to take care of residents who were living in shanty settlements and were most prone to accidents caused as a result of the rain.

The chief minister directed police to keep people from swimming in the sea, as the heavy monsoon rains could result in high tides that could pose a serious risk to their lives. He called on the police and district administrations to be ready for any eventuality if heavy rains continue to lash the city for the next couple of days.

The chief minister urged the traffic police to do their part in guiding the public as to which alternative routes to take to avoid traffic jams.

Meanwhile, Information and Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah asked all the municipal officers to continue with the process of the de-silting of the stormwater drains in the city.

Shah said that municipal officials should deploy machinery to drain rainwater at the important intersections of the city to ensure the flow of traffic is not disrupted. The information minister also urged the Sindh Solid Waste Management staffers to ensure they remained near the storm drains of the city to ensure rainwater was being drained quickly.

The minister said that special drainage arrangements should be made at all underpasses in the city, adding that he had constantly been in touch with Karachi’s municipal commissioners to provide emergency help during the rain.

After the meeting, the chief minister inspected various affected sites in the city to oversee the drainage operation.

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