- Met Office states the current rain spell will last till September 25
Heavy downpour with strong winds hit several areas of Karachi under the influence of the third spell of monsoon system on Thursday.
Rain lashed several parts of the city including Shah Faisal Town, Malir, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Karachi, Shah Town, Shah Latif Town, Superhighway, Gadap, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Malir, Airport, Satellite Town, Landhi, Saadi Town, Model Colony, Bahria Town and surrounding areas.
A few minutes after the downpour, rainwater accumulated on major thoroughfares while vehicles were stuck in traffic jam. There were also reports of power breakdowns in several localities.
Earlier, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) predicted that Karachi will receive thundershower on September 23.
The Met Office had forecast that the city would receive rain-wind/thundershower with lightning and strong winds from September 23 to 25.
The Met dept said that monsoon currents are penetrating upper and central parts of the country. It also predicted that rain-wind/thundershower is expected in different cities of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and eastern Balochistan.
Earlier, at least three people died in different rain-related incidents after a heavy downpour hit Karachi and its adjoining areas. The rain crippled routine life in the city while the power supply of approximately 190 feeders was interrupted.
The rain badly affected the city's ill-maintained civic infrastructure, transmission, and distribution system of K-Electric, as well as vehicular traffic on major thoroughfares. The PMD stated that a maximum rainfall of 66.7mm was recorded in Saadi Town while several other city areas had received over 20mm of rain, including old airport, Jinnah Terminal, PAF Base Masroor and PAF Base Faisal, Surjani and Kemari.
It added that North Karachi received around 30mm of rain while DHA also received over20mm of rain during the earlier monsoon spell.