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Govt to act immediately to resolve three major issues of Karachi: PM

Torrential rains claim 18 lives in Karachi, paralyse life in Pakistan’s biggest city Dozens dead as record rains lash Pakistan, South Asia News & Top Stories
Bennie Garza | 30 August, 2020, 04:42

Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered all federal institutions to utilise all their resources to provide relief to the people of Karachi following destructive monsoon rains this week.

"My government is fully cognisant of the suffering of our people in the wake of the heavy rains, especially the people of Karachi", he had said via tweets. He underscored that Karachi was an important part of Pakistan and all its issues would soon be resolved.

Among the victims, nine people, including four children, were killed when a wall collapsed on them, a spokesman for Shah said.

Federal ministers Asad Umar and Murad Saeed, as well as other senior officials, were present in the meeting, while Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Governor Sindh participated via video link from Karachi.

Karachi was plunged into chaos on Friday with power cuts, streets under water and cellphone outages caused by heavy rain as authorities said at least 23 people had been killed in downpours the previous day.

Heavy rains hit parts of Pakistan for a fifth straight night, bringing more flooding to the financial capital Karachi and towns and villages and leaving at least 63 people dead, officials said Friday.

The premier was briefed over the latest situation of the port city in the meeting.

A separate statement issued by the PTI said that the party's Karachi president and MPA Khurram Sher Zaman came up with detailed briefing and apprised the prime minister about the situation in Karachi and also informed him about challenges emerging in other parts of Sindh after the recent rains.

The provincial government declared a public holiday to avoid residents having to commute on Friday with Chundrigar Road, home to the central bank, stock exchange and head offices of several banks, flooded.

He said that rain water had also entered most of the factories which has caused damage to machinery, equipment and inventories adding that industrial activities in such areas have been put on a stand-still. A comprehensive plan on sewerage and drainage, as well as for clean drinking water, in Karachi is being formulated in consultation with stakeholders, he said.

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