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Sindh Declares Health Emergency Amid Heavy Rains in Karachi

Author: Seemab Chaudhary
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Sindh declares a health emergency due to heavy rainfall in Karachi and also in other cities of the district.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) warns of heavy rainfall in Karachi and other cities of Sindh District today.

Earlier Today, Sindh Health Department has declared a health emergency and increased health-related concerns.

By Thursday evening, second monsoon spell is going to hit Karachi and may lead to heavy to very heavy rains. Other cities in Sindh are also going to receive heavy rain spellsnwith the thunderstorm.

Experts warn the Karachi citizens as the intensity of the downpour will be higher on July 15 and 16. To cope with health-related concerns, “the Sindh Health Department has imposed a health emergency in all the hospitals and tertiary-care health facilities.”

All the district health offices and hospitals are directed by the Sindh Health Department to establish control rooms.

 

From today, the other parts of the country will also be going to receive heavy rains, including Kashmir, Gilgit-Balistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eastern Balochistan, Punjab, etc.

According to the Met department, the upcoming rain system is massive and can hit other areas as well after the first spell, which already caused widespread devastation.

To meet all necessary precautionary measures, the “National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued instructions to the federal ministries and departments”. They are responsible for ensuring the pre-placement of emergency equipment.

The NDMA also has instructed the departments to provide dewatering pumps and to provide emergency services to deal with any blockage in major cities, like Karachi. It also provides instructions to provide basic emergency services, like food, shelter, and medicine at camps.

Relevant authorities and departments are instructed to conduct mass public awareness and provide basic instructions on how the public can minimize the risks associated with the monsoon rains by avoiding unnecessary traveling.