440 volts

Got this sms from Jamash:

There was a short in electric wires and we were supplied with 440 volts which burned our TV and God knows what else. The power lines have fallen down over our outside gate. We have been trying to call rain emergency on 4922727 and 118 since an hour, but there is no reply. The storm is yet to come. I don’t know what they mean when they say rain emergency has been declared.

25 Comments so far

  1. NY (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 3:39 am

    Hope everything gets well!

  2. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 3:40 am

    If they announced it, take precautionary measures immediately and shut down main powers, specially when winds will get more stronger. Try to look for safe places and collect torches, candles and other related equipment for emergency pusposes. They said in the next 12 hours …cyclon gonna hit the area again.

  3. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 3:46 am

    Allah sab ko apnay hifz o aman main rakhay. ameen.

  4. SS (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 4:34 am

    I think this is Mr. Z and Jamash took a panga with him. I am sorry for Jamash Bro. I wish you and and your hosehold be safe.

  5. MB (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 11:09 am
  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    no loadshedding at my place for last 36 hours.. seems like all those kunda connections sucking electricity from electric grid are disrupted during rain/storm and as a result they’ve got surplus electricity and they’re not resorting to loadshedding…

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

    I am sorry to hear but the question is, can jamash file acase against KESC and ask them to pay the money? there should be some law which we don’t kno w at all. I think jamash or anyone else who suffered like this should file a case against KESC.

    @doc,you are lucky.

  8. BitterTruth (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    Case …:) then surely his grand grand sons will be able to receive amount back or perhaps a TV which will be an antique item at that time

  9. MB (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

    Guys someone recently mentioned that the agreement form when getting connection says 24 hours uninterrupted power supply. Dont you guys think they can be sued especially considering the courts are going after establishment everywhere.

    Also, what the law says about our home appliances getting damaged or even dead due to power fluctuation, can we sue KESC ?

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    as expected, MQM’s Topi drama is started. Now MQM ministers protesting against fedral govt and not going to participiate cabinet meeting because fedral govt didn’t send any aid. What a bunch of whiners!

  11. SELF (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    Commenting on original post;

    مرے پر سوواں درہ

    Is kee kasar reh gai thee :|

  12. NY (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

    Consider a situation where you start suing KESC…you would need lawyers who are busy with all the Justice thing and taking out rallies every now and then…and for KESC to pay out something would be a damn difficult task…only if they had money…We would be making things worse for ourselves..

  13. bublee (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

    Hey! Does anyone know whether flights into KHI will be affected because of the weather condition? Could someone maybe put up a post about this please? Thanks

  14. Sohail (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    I would say, leave your place asap or you can use some wooden stick to move those wires from your gate to other side safe place. Keep looking and make sure nobody touch those live wire.

  15. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

    Kunda users are sadly badly displaced, so there is enough power., The worst affected with the current Weather Fiasco are Kunda Users,.

    440 Volts – must be some kunda user trying to plug-in and short circuited 2 phase wires.

  16. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 9:48 pm

    Storm havoc in Karachi

    STILL nursing the psychological scars of May 12, Karachi suffered another crippling body blow on Saturday afternoon. This time it was the full fury of nature unleashed, not the tyranny of man, that rocked the metropolis to its very core. Many had never seen anything like it, lending weight to the argument that the weather is becoming increasingly erratic and extreme. Loss of life and property in a poorly planned mish-mash of a city was inevitable as twisting winds bordering on hurricane strength ripped off roofs, demolished walls, uprooted trees, snapped electricity wires and brought down several of the 17,000-odd billboards blighting the urban landscape. Shocking as it was, the original toll of 44 dead proved to be a serious underestimation as the full scale of the destruction became known. Over 200 had died according to the Edhi Foundation, which carried out the bulk of relief operations, while the Sindh health minister put the figure at 228 dead. However, the nazim of the city government maintained on Sunday that 65 had been killed in the violent storm. At this time of misery, shameful scenes were witnessed as activists of the MQM staged an armed takeover of the Edhi morgue on Saturday night, ostensibly to prevent bodies from being shifted to the cold-storage facility. The motives behind the siege can only be surmised — it could have been an attempt to downplay the death toll by thwarting data collection by a widely respected organisation, or a move by elements wanting to take credit for the relief work done selflessly by the Edhi Foundation.

    On Monday evening, Karachi was bracing for more rain and stormy weather triggered by a cyclone building up in the Arabian Sea. The track record of the city administration and the private-sector KESC has never inspired much confidence and the worst was being feared by the most vulnerable. Saturday’s storm was also a stark reminder of the potential destruction in a city situated on or near a major seismic fault line and four minor faults. Also, the law of averages suggests that Karachi could one day take a direct hit from a severe cyclone. What will then be the fate of a city where corruption takes precedence over building control?


  17. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    I have NEVER had any problem using these numbers of Rain Emergency.


    In actual fact, these guys have been far more friendly and prompt compared to the KESC guys!

  18. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

    Hello to all readers and bloggers,

    I am a new entry and I am glad I found this site very useful to update me about karachi (my birth place). I have a little request if you guys dont mind.Please avoid using abbreviations as I am not familiar to most. For example I dont know what “sms” mean and what is “kunda”anyway? But its all good I still get some idea whats going on in this crazy city.
    Take care of yourself and eachother,

  19. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

    @Shahid these terms are commonly used by karachiites…

    kunda = illegal electricity connection bypassing the electric meter…

    SMS = Short Messaging Service..(remember our nation have gone mobile crazy lately…)

  20. Hush (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 12:15 am

    if anybody has any videos of the storm, please post them on vidpk.com

  21. Jaad Syed (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 1:38 am

    well hasnt the guy heard of a thing called Fuse !! which ussually is connected to the power supply , and then supplied to home!!!!

    its 50% his fault also \!!

  22. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 1:52 am

    I got it . Thanks \!!

  23. Storm (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 2:15 am
  24. Jamash (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 8:30 pm

    That night I tried calling 134 , 118 and the other number from 11:00 till 3:am in the morning and there was absolutely no response from any of them. During this period of time I also called (Telephone Inquiry Service ) 17 for rain emergency numbers, they told me that I will need to watch the slide running on television for the numbers, when I told the 17 people that these is no electricity to watch TV, they replied that they cant help me in that case.

    The neighborhood people caught a KESC van and paid them Rs. 500 o disconnect the power. The next day, some 19 hours later we got hold of another KESC van, we paid about Rs.2500 as a bribe to get the wires fixed. The power to our area was resumed after another 12 hours.

    I fail to understand what kind of rain emergency plan was in place, when none of the emergency numbers were responding and even the kesc help nine was of no use It look’s like city was completely on Allah’s mercy, and Alhumdoliullah he showed his mercy and the storm did not bring much of the devastation to Karachi.

  25. Khaaksaar (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

    It’s understandable.
    KARACHI, June 26: At least five people died from electrocution as rains generated by the curiously named tropical cyclone Yemyin hit the city with gusting winds on Tuesday, putting further strain on the ill-maintained power distribution system and disrupting rail and air traffic.

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