A vehicle that fell into a storm-water drain in Karachi on Sunday could not be recovered 24 hours after the incident as the first spell of monsoon rains wreaked havoc on several cities and villages of Pakistan on Saturday.
According to a news report, the locals, they had seen a couple and a minor traveling in a car which fell into a storm-water drain. The couple the child, who were screaming for help couldn’t be saved. Relatives of the victims also reached the scene where a search was being carried out to recover the vehicle.
But this is just one incident out of many others that has exposed the inefficiency of the country’s and especially Karachi’s civil administration authorities where more than 25 people have died in two days.
And this happens almost every year. The authorities ignore contingency measures throughout the year and only adopt temporary and ineffective solutions when the damage has already been done by the torrential rains.
Drainage system needs maintenance, lines require to be cleaned before rains and this wasn't done by present local administration. #Karachi— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) August 4, 2013
If the amount of rainfall in karachi has been the same across the province, with current quality of administration this is a disaster.— Abdul Moiz Jaferii (@Jaferii) August 3, 2013
When the situation spiraled out of control in Karachi over the weekend this time around, the provincial government imposed rain emergency and ‘temporarily’ suspended the city’s top official for his failure to respond to the situation to help him escape accountability.
People are questioning why and how the civil administration completely failed to respond effectively in Karachi as the Army eventually had to step into action to help distraught citizens stuck on the roads.
Army and Rangers taking over relief and support work after monsoon rain created havoc in Karachi. Where is PPP govt?— Kashif Aziz (@kashaziz) August 3, 2013
The damage could have been prevented. But it wasn’t. Such is the sorry state of management and administration in Pakistan.