QUETTA – At least 12 people lost their lives in rain and flood-related incidents across Balochistan, as monsoon showers lashed different parts of the province.
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According to reports, the torrential downpour that lashed the country affected Karachi city and Balochistan the most as 20 houses were destroyed as a result of the downpour in the province.
Moreover, streams and drains on Koh-e-Sulaiman faced flooding, prompting the closure of roads at various locations in the area.
Deputy Commissioner Lasbella, Mujeeb Qambrani, told APP that the flash flood water accumulated near Pathar Colony, Jangi Goth, Zehri Goth and Marri Goth and swept away 17 people and several houses.
Edhi personnel and government rescue teams recovered nine dead bodies including three women, two children and four men from the flash floods. They also rescued some locals alive from flooding water after hectic efforts.
According to the Met Office, heavy rain started on Thursday night in Hub area.
On the special directives of Commandant FC Awaran, Colonel Junaid Akbar, Frontier Corps (FC) personnel provided relief including food and other items to affected people and also established Basthi Camp near Grid Station Hub for the victims. FC personnel also started efforts to search dead bodies in the flash floods.
The Regional Cooperation for Development Highway (RCD Highway) Quetta-Karachi was opened for the restoration of traffic which had been closed due to flash floods earlier near Winder and Hub area by the Motorway police.
Following the flash floods, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri directed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to take emergency measures for the safety of the citizens during the monsoon rains in the province.
The minister has also ordered PDMA to provide relief to the victims including tents and food, and to shift citizens living near streams and drains to safe places.
Besides Balochistan, 11 people were killed in Karachi, Sindh’s provincial capital in a span of two days following heavy rain that also exposed power management by departments working under local bodies.