Pakistan: Sindh govt declares Monday as holiday in Karachi due to heavy rainfall

Private sector has also been requested to close their offices



Women wade through a flooded street during a monsoon rainfall in Karachi on July 24, 2022. Photo: AFP
Women wade through a flooded street during a monsoon rainfall in Karachi on July 24, 2022. Photo: AFP

By APP

Published: Sun 24 Jul 2022, 9:26 PM

Sindh Government in Pakistan has declared July 25 (Monday) as public holiday in Karachi and Hyderabad due to heavy rains.

According to the decision, due to heavy rainfall, which is expected to continue on Monday, all government offices will remain closed in both the divisions.

The private sector has also been requested to close their offices as continuous rainfall had badly affected normal life in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions.

Govt working hard

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah along his cabinet members and chief secretary on Sunday visited old city areas and inspected flow of the storm water drains, installation of cesspool machines.

He directed administrator Karachi to install heavy pumping machines in the DHA areas where water had accumulated.

The chief minister was accompanied by Minister Information Sharjeel Inam Memon, Minister Local Government Nasir Shah, Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, Commissioner Karachi Iqbal Memon and Secretary Local Government Najam Shah.

He visited nullah at Shaheen Complex and inspected its smooth flow right from Shaheen Complex towards Clifton. He got a cesspool installed at the road to dispose of accumulating water in the low-lying areas of the Ziauddin Road.

The chief minister on Chundrigar road visited nullah at City station, then at Habib Bank plaza and inspected flow of water there. At Habib bank plaza the flow of the nullah was slow therefore he installed a mobile pumping system there to speed up the flow of the rain water.

While visiting Tower, Murad Ali Shah discovered that it was usually submerged with the choking of storm water drains running along the stock exchange building and KPT godowns. He directed the water board to install two suction systems- one at the low-lying area of Tower and the other at the backside of the KPT godowns to keep disposing of the accumulating water in the sea towards Native Jetty.

Murad Ali Shah visited different localities, Imambargah Hussainian Iranian- Kharadar, Mithadar Lee Market and their adjoining areas and inspected proper disposal of the rainwater and smooth flow of the nullahs in Lyari. The areas of Lyari were clear and there was no rainwater on the roads.

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The chief minister also visited Garden East and West areas and then went to inspect underpasses at KPT and Submarine Chowrangi and inspected their dewatering system.

Murad Ali Shah visited different nullas passing through Shahrah-e-Faisal where the water board and other concerned staff was on duty.

He visited Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Sindh office where he was received by Advisor on Relief & Rehabilitation Haji Rasool Bux Chandio. He was briefed there about the rain monitoring system and rain gauge system installed at PDMA.


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