There were reports that parts of the Bahria Town, Karachi, were flooded on Wednesday night. A private weather website posted horrifying visuals.
🔴 #Bahriatown, #Karachi is under Urban flooding right now due to severe downpour that has been occuring there since 2 hours. We our not able to connect to our weather station there due to net outage but we estimate that it has rained there more than 100mm in such short timespan. pic.twitter.com/pIVvnHy362— PakWeather.com (@Pak_Weather) August 17, 2022
Short videos short on social media platforms showed various areas of the sprawling gated community spread over 68.37 square kilometres or over 16,000 acres flooded, including its entrance.
Residents and a spokesperson reported that the water had subsided by Thursday morning, and indeed during the night.
“The rain was above average, bohat zyada hui he,” said a Bahria Town spokesperson, in a voice note to Aaj News. “So it takes a bit of time to drain. But something that is very reasonable, bohat zyada time nahi laga. During the downpour it takes some time. And it’s not that the drains were choked or anything. So everything was clear after the rain.”
A resident said that within an hour of the rain stopping, the water was drained. They added that the response was adequate for the above average rainfall, according to some in excess of 200 mm, that was recorded in the area.
“We had five hours of rain from around 5pm till 10pm on Wednesday. This included spells of extremely heavy rain along with thunder, lightning and strong winds,” said a resident of the precinct 31 of Bahria Town.
The resident said that there was ankle high water in her precinct while elsewhere it was a little higher.
“As soon as the rain stopped, Bahria Town workers were out in full force and the rainwater was drained adequately.”
The resident added that their residence is 20 kilometres from the main entrance, while only certain roads in certain precincts were flooded.
“I was living in Defence during the rains of August 2020 and it was a nightmare. I am actually enjoying the rains in Bahria Town,” they said.
The resident pointed out that one underpass was blocked but work was underway to make it functional again while the staff had provided alternate routes for it.
The met department has predicted more rain for Thursday and Friday, while predicting another spell of showers on August 23 and August 24
In rural Sindh, rain is expected to continue till Saturday.