Rain continues to lash Sindh towns
LARKANA, Sept 7: A little girl died and at least five other people suffered injuries in different rain-related incidents as heavy rain continued to lash parts of Sindh on Friday, causing breaches in rainwater drains and inundating fields.
The rain battered Larkana, Qambar-Shahdadkot districts and their adjoining areas on Thursday and Friday. Power supply system developed faults with first drop of rain and three grid stations tripped.
All low-lying areas were flooded with rainwater and the North Sindh Urban Service Corporation miserably failed to clear them of water in time.
Ms Sawera Barecho, 12, was buried alive under the debris and four of her relatives suffered injuries when roof of their house caved in on them in Allahabad locality in Shahdadkot. The injured identified as Sudheer, 8, Baby Gullabee, 6, Nazeer Ali and Wazeer Ali (brothers) were taken to Chandka Medical College Hospital.
In Kharani locality, one Murad Bibi, 30 was injured when a wall of her house collapsed on her. She was admitted to Taluka Hospital.
A rainwater drain near Koor Datoo developed 20-foot breaches at two places near Seelra village, submerging about 20 acres of standing paddy crop and Khan Seelro village.
Heavy rain continued to batter Umerkot district and adjoining areas on the sixth consecutive day on Friday. Rainwater pooled in low-lying areas in Umerkot, Chhor, Sadhar, Dhoronaro, Ghulam Nabi Shah, Pithoro and Samaro.
Electricity supply plays hide and seek with consumers since it has started raining, causing many household electrical appliances to develop faults.
Siddiq Sand, a farmer of Pithoro, said the continuous rain would have bad impact on cotton and chillies which were ready for harvest.
More rains would do harm to crops because two to three feet of rainwater had already accumulated in fields, he said.
In Dadu, heavy rain in the district its Kachho belt comprising 2,000 square kilometres of Khirthar range of mountains on the second consecutive day caused water level in Nai Gaaj nullah to rise 18 feet, intensifying fears among inhabitants of more than 300 small and big villages near the Nai.
Other nullahs like Nai Angai, Nai Khandani, Nai Naing and Nai Sole are also flowing to the brim.
Fishermen of Manchhar Lake have welcomed the rainwater flowing into the lake from mountains through Nai Gaaj and other nullahs because it would reduce levels of contamination in the lake and multiply number of fish.
Provincial secretary of irrigation Babar Hussain Effendi said that Manchhar Lake rose to 107.7 feet RL (Reduced Level) on Friday after rise in water level in the Nai Gaaj and other nullahs. If the level crossed 118 feet RL then it would be dangerous. The
lake could withstand water level to 122 feet RL, he said.
He said that all embankments of Nai Gaaj and flood protective bund had been repaired and were strong enough to withstand the pressure. Even if water level rose to 30 feet in the Nai it would not harm its dykes, he said.
Heavy rain lashed Naushahro Feroze and its adjoining towns including Padidan, Phul, Bhirya, Moro, Tharushah, Kandiaro, Halani and Mehrabpur on Thursday evening.
Sewerage system developed chokes and rainwater mixed with sewage inundated roads and streets.
RAIN EMERGENCY: Tando Mohammad Khan’s Deputy Commissioner Syed Barkat Ahmed Rizvi declared rain emergency in the district on Friday.
Talking to journalists during a surprise visit to pumping stations, the official said that 55 pumping machines had been installed in the district and a district disaster cell set up in his office and the talukas of Tando Mohammad Khan, Bulri Shah Karim and Tando Ghulam Hyder.