Rains may bring tragedies as people still live in dilapidated buildings

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Karachi: The expected monsoon rains may bring huge life and property losses in Karachi as citizens still live in dozens of very dangerous dilapidated buildings in the city that may cave in during heavy showers.

According to the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) there are 354 dilapidated buildings in the city that are not fit for human residence as they may cave in any time. Most of the buildings were located in Saddar Town. However, people still live in at least 100 of these very dangerous building that may prove death trap for them during heavy rains.

Though the Met Office has already predicated heavy rains in the port city and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) announced a rain emergency, but steps are not being taken by the relevant government authorities to get vacated the very dangerous dilapidate buildings of the city.

The city authorities need to set up special relief camps in nearby schools and government buildings and forcibly vacate these dangerous buildings with the help of police and rangers to save precious lives, including that of women and children.

The vacated people should be provided all out facilities in the temporary relief camps or shelters, till the monsoon seasons ends so as to avoid any unnecessary loss of human life in Karachi during the expected heavy rain spell.

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