Schorching heatwave continues to torment KarachiitesJune 20, 2015
KARACHI: Schorching heatwave continued to torment Karachiites on the third day of Ramadan, Sunday, as citizens were compelled to stay homes and suspend even social activities. The mercury hit 43 degrees Centigrade. People had to pass restless night tossing in the bed under the effect of unbearable heatwaves and power breakdowns in many areas in the city. Many streets and roads gave deserted look in the mid-day. The shopping spree also remained low in major markets and bazaars.
According to rescue sources, over 150 people fainted in three days and one died in Karachi due to scorching heat. Utility providing organizations did not let people remain at any comfort by depriving them of their basic needs. Many parts of the city had to loadshedding, despite K-Electric’s tall claims of carrying out no load shedding in Ramazan.
Many areas of the city faced water shortage due to apathy of water authorities. It is reported that now water is being sold to bottled water companies which later sell it to citizens at exorbitant rates. Bottled and canned water has now become a big business in the city.
This behavior of KE erupted protests in many localities against power cuts. People in Azizabad, Jail Chowrangi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Liaquatabad and Old Sabzi Mandi put tyres on fire and blocked main arteries in protest against KE. Some people were reportedly fainted due to scorching heat.
Rukhtaj Awan, a housewife, said it became much difficult without electricity to manage to prepare Iftar or Sehri for her family. Zaheer Ahmed, Major in Pakistan army, on leaves at his house in Karachi, said in absence of electricity you instantly turn to curse. Arsalan Ali, an unemployed young graduate, said this added woes to his worries. Due to unemployment he had to perform the role of administrator at his house now he had to extra take care of his generator maintenance and constantly check whether light has come or not so that he could stop generator that had been continuously running for hours, and then he had to again start it when power broke down.
Shadab Syed, a university student of international relations, said excruciating heat had driven the people nuts. She thought she could take the opportunity of leaves to excel in her class by preparing in advance for her subjects; however her dream appeared to be shattering in sizzling hot weather with no electricity.