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Karachi flash flooding: Health experts warn of possible outbreak of various diseases


Weathermen told on Friday September 1 that lethal downpour that slammed Karachi and neighboring areas was expected to end by Friday night or Saturday morning. However, the worry is far from over as health experts have warned of possible outbreak of various diseases in case well-timed preventive measures were not adopted.

Flash flood in Karachi

In the wake of flooding, an official of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination has expressed fears of outbreaks of water-borne diseases in Karachi. “The situation is expected to worsen during the Eid holidays when sacrificial animals will be slaughtered,” he said.

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Explaining his fear, he expressed doubts that the rain water might have already mixed with the sewerage effluent. This may result in outbreaks of diseases in Karachi such as typhoid, cholera, gastroenteritis, hepatitis, eye and skin allergies, he said.

Ministry of Health has also issued warnings of snake bite incidents. “Just to avoid any untoward situation, the Karachi administration must take precautionary measures and ensure the supply of clean water in areas facing contamination issues,” health ministry official said.

Moreover, Chief Meteorologist Imran Siddiqi said that most parts of the country would still be experiencing hot and humid weather, however rains accompanied by gusty winds and thunderstorm are expected to hit northern areas of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir during coming few days.

It was further revealed that the weather was likely to remain partially cloudy on Saturday September 2. Chances of light rains in scattered areas of Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sargodha, Gujaranwala, Faisalabad, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Hazara and adjourning areas were also predicted.