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Karachi breaks 90-year rainfall record: PMD

KARACHI: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Wednesday confirmed that the fresh rain has broken 90-year rainfall records in Karachi.

A 90-year record of monsoon downpour was broken after the most amount of rainfall in Karachi this month after a 345 mm downpour recorded in the city’s PAF Faisal Base, making it the wettest month since 1931, which was previously recorded up to 298.4 in 1984.

Moreover, the most amount of rainfall up to 272 mm hit the Masroor Base in 2007, whereas, August 2020’s downpour was recorded up to 228.5 mm so far and it is still accumulating.

According to the Met Office, 114 mm rain was recorded in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, 83 mm in Sadar, 81 in Landhi, 77.8 at University Road, 76.6 in Nazimabad, 70.8 in Saadi Town, 65.8 at Jinnah Terminal, 49.8 in North Karachi, 42.8 in Surjani and the lowest amount of downpour was 21.9 mm in Keamari.

The city is facing a situation of urban flooding, as knee-long rainwater gathered at Saddar, M.A. Jinnah Road and Tibet Centre, Sohrab Goth, Shara-e-Faisal, Malir and Landhi, Safoora Chowrangi, NIPA Chowrangi, Hassan Square and People’s Chowrangi. The roads at KDA Chowrangi, Five Star Chowrangi, and Hyderi areas drowned under the water disturbing traffic flow. 

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