【Karachi】It does not always rain in Karachi during the monsoon. When it does, it floods. Many parts of Karachi went without electricity for 50 hours, prompting Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to ask, "What kind of service is this?". Internet and cell phone networks were disrupted all over Pakistan's largest city.
"The rains are unprecedented; and in all likelihood, this seems like an erratic event, with the last such intense rain recorded in 1931," Sardar Sarfaraz, the Pakistan Meteorological Department's Karachi head told The Third Pole. According to Imran Khalid, who heads the Environment and Climate Change section of the Islamabad-based Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Karachi's woes have their roots in poor governance and planning. Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he wants a "permanent solution" to problems associated with drains, the sewage system and water supply.
Many residents feel the collapse of municipal services and consequent problems such as the recent flooding is because Karachi has become too unwieldy to be governed. With 19 different land-owning agencies under the three tiers of government — the city government in the hands of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the provincial government of Pakistan Peoples Party that holds the purse strings and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf at the centre — the city's problems only get bounced around and the blame game continues.
However, substitute the names of the rivers, drains and political parties, and the same story is repeated in varying degrees across all the cities of South Asia — Rawalpindi, Mumbai, Delhi, Patna, Kolkata, Dhaka and on and on. Zofeen T. Ebrahim Updated 01 Sep, 2020
Poor planning, poor governance, poor monitoring flood Karachi
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