KARACHI: HANDS recently conducted a three-day-long “Saaf Suthra Karachi” drive from 5 to 7 September to provide relief to the people of Karachi and play its role in the betterment of the city following heavy monsoon rains.
21 heavy-duty equipment and vehicles, as well as a human workforce, have been deployed for the cleaning of 21 locations in Karachi under this initiative. Clean drinking water will be supplied through water tankers to 7 of the most vulnerable communities for 15 days, along with garbage/sludge removal and street cleaning. HANDS has tried to play its role as a responsible organization of this country during these testing times.
The recent monsoon spell from August 24–27, 2020, exposed the poor infrastructure in the metropolis where several areas were submerged with rainwater. This resulted in urban flooding and a lot of damage to public and private property. Scores of vehicles, roads, streets, pathways, water storage, and drainage systems were affected, and the city saw massive losses for businesses as well.
This issue was exasperated after the heavy rains, and many areas were seen with heaps of garbage and sludge choking the drains, thereby flooding the main roads and streets. This not only is a hindrance for commuters and residents but is also becoming a breeding ground for mosquito and diseases.