30 people drown in 6months; 25 points declared dangerous at Karachi beach

June 22, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: As many as 30 people drowned at Karachi beaches and Keenjhar Lake in Thatta during first half of current year with June being the deadliest month claiming 11 lives.

The incidents of drowning continue to occur despite Sindh Chief Secretary imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code banning swimming in the sea.

He had also issued directions to the KMC commissioner and administrator to ensure safety and precautionary measures at beaches to save precious lives during high tide season.

But despite Chief Secretary’s ban on swimming in sea, no proper safety measures were taken by Municipal Corporation to avoid such incidents.

A guard of DHA at Karachi sea view told PPI that there were only two life guards present at the sea view and owing to high tides they were not enough to avoid any incident. “This is a long beach. How can only two life guards avert such incidents”

Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner Matanat Ali Khan said on Saturday that section 144 has been imposed at the beach and now it is the responsibility of the people to avoid swimming in the sea. “18 km of beach comes under the belt of Municipal Corporation where 25 spots have been declared as dangerous for swimming.”

He said that lifeguards had saved life of 100 people at different spots. “I admit that we have fewer lifeguards but we will recruit more life guards and train them.”

He urged citizens to pay heed to the directions of life guards in order to save lives of their loved ones.