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August rains flood Pakistan's financial capital, shatter records

Agencies/Karachi
Filed on August 27, 2020 | Last updated on August 27, 2020 at 05.38 pm
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A man carries goods as he wades through a flooded street after heavy monsoon rains in Karachi.

(AP)

484mm of rain has fallen this month, 130mm on Thursday alone

Torrential rain lashed the Pakistani financial capital of Karachi on Thursday, causing widespread flooding, as downpours in August shattered 89-year-old records for the city, meteorological officials said.

Thursday marked the third day of heavy rain this week, during which at least 13 people have died, according to media, while residents have been forced to abandon their homes.

Provincial authorities were moving displaced families into school buildings, as the military carried out rescue and relief operations.

"It has never rained so much in the month of August, according to our data," the country's chief meteorological officer, Sardar Sarfaraz, told Reuters, adding that the data went back to 1931, 16 years before Pakistan gained independence from Britain.

Some 484mm (19 inches) of rain had fallen this month, 130mm on Thursday alone, he said.

Abdul Razak Dawood, adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan on commerce, feared the rain would affect exports.

"Our exports consignments are being delayed and hence our exports for the month of August may be affected," Dawood said on Twitter.

Karachi Commissioner Suhail Rajpput has urged people not to leave their homes.

Videos on social media showed roads inundated with water and some residents reported rainwater entering houses.

Vehicles could be seen submerged as rain continued to lash the city.


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