Every year, many cities in Pakistan struggle to cope with the annual monsoon deluge. This year is no exception. Three days of monsoon rains have killed at least 90 people and damaged at least a thousand homes across the country. The country’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was the worst-hit region with 25 deaths followed by southern Sindh with 12 deaths. Streets and homes were flooded with sewage water in Karachi, where troops, rescuers and volunteers are working to help evacuation from the inundated residential neighborhoods. Hundreds of rain-affected people went to the houses of relatives. More than 1,200 people were evacuated from Karachi’s rain-hit areas. Many vehicles submerged in water in Karachi.
The flooding had damaged bridges and highways, a gas pipeline cutting off Gawadar, a port city on the Arabian Sea. The rains are expected to continue this week. Authorities were dispatching tents and food for the flood-affected people. Monsoon rains are lashing Pakistan at a time when authorities are trying to contain the spread of the coronovirus, which caused more than 6,200 deaths since February. The monsoon season runs from July through September, with swelling rivers damaging crops and infrastructure.