Dam breaks in Pishin district amid heavy rains

By: News Desk
Published: 10:14 AM, 7 Jul, 2022
Dam breaks in Pishin district amid heavy rains
Caption: Children wade through a flooded area after a monsoon rainfall in Quetta.–AFP
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A dam in Pishin district of Balochistan broke due to heavy rains which wreaked havoc throughout the province claiming 39 lives and causing massive damage, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Balochistan, the rescue teams had shifted the people to a safer place before the breakage of Toor Murga Malikar Dam.

The local deputy commissioner and the PDMA teams are there on the spot for the rescue operation, according to the PDMA.

“The PDMA’s heavy machinery and ambulances have also been sent to Pishin district for rescue operation,” PDMA Director Faisal Tariq said.

“Relief goods, food, tents, blankets and other items have also been sent to Pishin district,” he added.

According to Levies officials, part of the Valin Dam in the Afghan border area of ​​Qamaruddin also broke, causing water to enter low-lying areas and flood 11 homes. The affectees have been shifted to safer places.

Meanwhile, over a dozen small and delay-check dams were swept away in the rainwater in Pishin, Killa Abdullah, Bolan, Mastung and other parts of Balochistan. Traffic remained suspended on Quetta-Jacobabad highway after floods in Machh river.

Adviser to CM Balochistan on Home and PDMA Balochistan Mir Ziaullah Langove  has said that 39 precious lives have been lost so far due to monsoon rains in different parts of Balochistan, while damage to property is being estimated.

“PDMA Balochistan is in coordination with the Pakistan Army, FC Balochistan and all government agencies to deal with the situation arising out of the unusual rains,” Zia Langau said.

He said that the government had already made arrangements for the recent monsoon rains but due to the intensity of the rains and the extraordinary ground realities of the province, there was loss of life and property.