PAF, Rangers, Army jump in to rescue residents of Karachi from urban flooding
KARACHI: Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Rangers and Army have jumped in to rescue residents of Karachi after water of incessant heavy rain has turned into urban flooding in the megapolis.
PAF have allocated one C-130 aircraft and two helicopters for the Sindh government to be used in emergency situation.
PAF spokesman said the aircraft and helicopters have been allotted on directive of Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman for use in rescue and relief activities to the masses.
On the other hand, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal telephoned Director General Sindh Rangers Major General Muhammad Saeed and gave directions for full participation of Rangers in relief activities in Karachi.
They exchanged views on the situation arising out of incessant rains in the city.
While, on the city administration’s seeking help from the Pakistan Army after several areas were submerged due to heavy downpours, Chief of Army Staff General Qammar Javed Bajwa has assured to provide all possible support to Karachiites.
The army chief has also directed that the army will provide water extraction pumps to drain out water from the city and effectively manage the torrential rainfall.
Downpour wreaked havoc on the power supply system and municipal infrastructure as electrocution and falling billboard incidents left at least thirteen people dead in various parts of the city.
The situation further turned even worse due to flooding of low-lying areas as the Meteorological Department forecast new spell of monsoon rain till Friday coupled with thunderstorm.