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Karachi Floods Due To Heavy Rains: ‘unclean Drains, High Roads And Sidewalks Submerge Markets

The shopkeeper has raised the shalwar to his knees while the black water on the ground is even higher than his ankles. Drainage is being carried out from a small shop. Nadeem Qadri’s shop is in Miani Bazaar, an old fish in the Old Area of ​​Karachi.

Markets affected by the recent monsoon rains in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, include the Kharadar fish market, which existed before the formation of Pakistan and houses more than 400 shops.Karachi Floods Due To Heavy Rains: 'unclean Drains, High Roads And Sidewalks Submerge Markets

Nadeem Qadri told the Newsmag that rainwater had taken the form of gutter water and that the water had entered all the shops.

“The water used to come before but the shops were saved but this time the water has come more than expected. As a result the goods have been damaged by the water and everyone is trying to drain and clean on their own.”

Muhammad Shafiq trades in imitation jewelery. He says he arrived early but still suffered a loss of 60,000 to 70,000. “There are many shopkeepers who could not reach him so they have suffered more,” he said.

“It was raining hard but the main road is so high, all its water comes to the market, there was at least three feet of standing water, there was no administrative help,” he said. We have drained the water by running the pump with the help of generator. Federal Minister Ali Haider Zaidi came but he also gave a sweet pop and left, but the water was not drained.

Water accumulates in the Old Area from other roads including MA Jinnah Road, Mai Kulachi Bypass, Karachi’s main highway, which has severely affected the wholesale goods markets here.Karachi Floods Due To Heavy Rains: 'unclean Drains, High Roads And Sidewalks Submerge Markets

The shopkeeper has raised the shalwar to his knees while the black water on the ground is even higher than his ankles. Drainage is being carried out from a small shop. Nadeem Qadri’s shop is in Miani Bazaar, an old fish in the Old Area of ​​Karachi.


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Markets affected by the recent monsoon rains in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, include the Kharadar fish market, which existed before the formation of Pakistan and houses more than 400 shops.

Nadeem Qadri told the Newsmag that rainwater had taken the form of gutter water and that the water had entered all the shops.

“The water used to come before but the shops were saved but this time the water has come more than expected. As a result, the goods have been damaged by the water and everyone is trying to drain and clean on their own.”

Muhammad Shafiq trades in imitation jewellery. He says he arrived early but still suffered a loss of 60,000 to 70,000. “There are many shopkeepers who could not reach him so they have suffered more,” he said.

“It was raining hard but the main road is so high, all its water comes to the market, there were at least three feet of standing water, there was no administrative help,” he said. We have drained the water by running the pump with the help of a generator. Federal Minister Ali Haider Zaidi came but he also gave a sweet pop and left, but the water was not drained.Karachi Floods Due To Heavy Rains: 'unclean Drains, High Roads And Sidewalks Submerge Markets

Water accumulates in the Old Area from other roads including MA Jinnah Road, Mai Kulachi Bypass, Karachi’s main highway, which has severely affected the wholesale goods markets here.

Another shopkeeper, Muhammad Islam, said the sidewalk on Shahra-e-Faisal was the reason for the nursery market being flooded. According to him, the sidewalk has been made too high. Previously there were water passages under it which have been removed, now the water stops at its wall and it enters the market.

According to NED University Professor Noman Ahmed, feeder drains are also ensured to work to the best of their ability so that as soon as water enters the road, it is drained immediately.

In the old city of Karachi, there was a system that if it rained continuously for an hour or two, the water would be drained, but the roads that have been built in the recent past are not connected to the local drainage system. The matter was not taken care of.

He said that this is the reason why these local drains are not able to drain water as per their capacity and this water enters the urban population.

Whether it is II Chandragar Road, Korangi or Site Area, the so-called Wall Street of Karachi, factory owners are complaining of being affected in one way or another.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah personally visited the Old Area and Furniture Market and assured the affected vendors that the water would be drained soon, after which the water has almost been removed from the nursery.

It may be recalled that several markets were also removed from the drains last year on the orders of the Supreme Court. KMC officials had complained that they were affecting the drainage system. The operation was carried out against.

Traders Union leader Atiq Mir said the recent rains had flooded the markets not because the buildings were faulty but because the nearby canal had not been cleaned, overflowing and flooding in the low-lying areas. Entered the market.

95% of Karachi’s markets, warehouses and factories have been affected. The only difference is that some are partial, some are more and some are completely affected.

He estimates that at least 25 billion traders have drowned. There was a time when millions were lost, now crores of rupees are in warehouses and showrooms.

It is to be noted that the Sindh government has declared 6 districts of Karachi as disaster-affected and the Deputy Commissioners have been directed to estimate the damage.

Karachi’s commercial activities were affected by the lockdown to prevent the spread of the corona virus in Pakistan. A full resumption of these activities was allowed before Eid, but the rains have further increased the burden on economically weak traders. ۔

Business leader Atiq Mir says that even during the Corona lockdown, it was said that interest-free loans would be given, tax exemptions would be given but it was all verbal. Once again, announcements and reassurances are being made.

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