Rain in Karachi is a blessing or a nuisance: “The real problem in Karachi is ownership

By | June 20, 2021

As soon as eight-year-old Shahzeb stepped out of the house. Garbage from the fast-moving water swept him away so fast that he disappeared as soon as he saw it.
It was said that Atiq Khan, a young cousin of Shahzeb, who drowned in the water, may have been the object of Shahzeb’s drowning in the Metro Karachi area.
Atiq Khan said that on this occasion one of our neighbors jumped into the water to save Shahzeb. But before that, the water would have swept them away with them. Six people on the spot had jumped into the water and saved their lives.
According to Edhi Karachi, Shahzeb was submerged due to high water in the area of ​​Banaras Nala, while his body was found about 24 hours later in the Nala of Lyari Dhobi Ghat, nine kilometers from the area.
According to Edhi Karachi, the incident took place at 5 pm on Friday. After which the eight divers could not find the child even after the head-breaking operation till 9 pm because there was a lot of garbage and dead cattle in the water.
The speed of the water can be estimated from the fact that the child’s body was found nine kilometers away
Shahzeb’s uncle Farhan Khan said that Shahzeb is a resident of Mominabad, Karachi. He came to his grandmother’s house in the metro that day. Shahzeb had been insisting on bringing something from the shop for a long time. Her mother and others in the house were preventing her from going out. But for a moment the family’s attention was drawn to someone else, so he ran outside. Which is why this accident happened.
This is just Shahzeb’s story. According to Edhi and Chhapia, aid organizations working in Karachi, 18 people, including five children, were electrocuted and drowned during the three-day rains of the fourth monsoon in Karachi.
According to the Sindh Province Health Department spokesman, they have ten people killed and four injured. But now the data is being collected. Karachi Commissioner’s Office was contacted. He said he would provide the data shortly but could not be reached again.
Among those killed in the electrocution was 18-year-old painter Shehzad Pervez. His death occurred at 6 a.m. Saturday in the Shantinagar Baldia Town area as he left home for work at 6 p.m.
Shahzad Pervez’s uncles Badshah Gul says that about half an hour after leaving the house we got the news that Shahzad was hanging. When I arrived at the scene, he was dead. His body was brought down with me by the people of the neighborhood with the help of sticks.
Shehzad Gul was the youngest of three siblings, he said. Her father is also a painter.
Rains in Karachi
According to the Karachi Meteorological Department, this is the fourth spell of rains during the monsoon in Karachi.
According to Sardar Sarfraz, Director, Meteorological Department, Karachi, before the monsoon rains, it was predicted that Sindh would receive 20% more rains during the monsoon this year. “According to our estimates, the average rainfall in Karachi has exceeded 10 percent so far.”
Sardar Sarfraz said that during the recent rains, the highest rainfall of 174 mm was recorded in Faisal Base area of ​​Karachi which is unusual.
He said that the monsoon has reached two and a half hundred millimeters so far this year.
According to Sardar Sarfarar, last year too, the rainfall was above normal, averaging 320 mm. This year, the monsoon is expected to extend from September 15 to September 30, with more rains expected.
Rain in Karachi, mercy or trouble
According to Moazzam Khan, Tankel Advisor, WWF, rains never bother, they are always a blessing. But man makes them a nuisance for himself, which causes loss of life and property.
Moazzam Khan said that naturally some parts of coastal cities around the world are naturally above sea level and some less. The same is true with Karachi. Old Karachi, which includes the President’s area, is said to be three feet below sea level.
He said that in areas that are now below sea level, methods like pumping are used for drainage all over the world. This method has been used in the areas of old Karachi since the British era.
According to Moazzam Khan, now that the city of Karachi has spread. In practice, it has become a jungle of concrete. Making it a concrete jungle, illegal encroachments have been made on all its sources of drainage.
Karachi once had four major canals known as Lyari River, Malir River, Orangi Canal and Gujran Canal and dozens of small canals are now encroached upon. There was a time when it would take us at least fifteen to twenty minutes to cross the Gujranwala canal on foot. It doesn’t take a minute now.
He said that no government in any country, city and society in the world can overcome environmental problems alone without the help of the people. No better government in the world can dispose of garbage once or twice a day.
But the case of Pakistan is that the people here have filled the drains near their settlements with garbage. There is a ditch near Mosquito Colony. There is so much rubbish there that people can walk on it now. There are many such examples in Karachi.
Moazzam Khan said that when encroachments on drains

Will be established and garbage will be thrown away, then the situation will be the same as what is happening in Karachi at the moment. Now if the rains in Karachi are normal or excessive, when there will be no drainage, then this will be the situation in Karachi which is happening now.
Yasir Hussain, chief executive of the Green Pakistan Coalition, said construction on natural drainage sources, which could be streams, was illegal.
Aquatic creatures are also affected
Moazzam Khan said that the rains in coastal cities around the world have great results. The production of aquatic creatures such as fish and prawns increases in the sea. But during the last three rains in Karachi, we have observed that the rainwater going into the sea has harmed a large number of fish and other aquatic creatures, including fish, because a large amount of sewage-contaminated water went into the sea. ۔
He said that unfortunately all the sewers and polluted water of Karachi have been diverted to the sea. As a result, nature’s invaluable gift is approaching disaster. Now when there are monsoons and rains like this, gutters and polluted water along with rain water wreak havoc in the sea.
He said that Hub Dam was full during these rains. Which is why we now have plenty of water for a year. In the suburbs of Karachi, where there is still agriculture and orchards, production has improved.
If we do not write the fate of our destruction with our own hands, the rains do not cause any damage.
What does the Sindh government say?
Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab Advocate said that it was unfortunately true that the vast majority of Karachi’s canals had been encroached upon. Gujranwala canal is no longer just ten feet and people will build houses on its banks.
They protest when they are asked to vacate the place, but they still protest when they have water problems. There are such problems in many places.
Murtaza Wahab Advocate said that the real problem of Karachi is ownership. There are about 18 companies operating in this city. Many institutions, many areas and large municipal institutions do not fall under the purview of the Sindh government. When they allow construction on canals, etc., do the construction themselves and do not cooperate in eliminating encroachments, the Sindh government becomes helpless.
He said that there was no doubt that garbage was a big problem. Garbage is also a major cause of the current situation. But can someone tell me when we will pick up garbage from our homes and throw it out and how any government in the world can dispose of this garbage.
Murtaza Wahab Advocate said that he was very sorry about the deaths due to electric shock. We stand with all the victims. I have received reports that an investigation has been launched into the incidents of electric shock. We look forward to hearing from you. Once those responsible are identified in this report, we will stand by them to compensate the victims.

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