Heavy monsoon rains wreak havoc in Balochistan
Two people have been killed as monsoon rains, accompanied by strong winds, have wreaked havoc in different parts of Balochistan, even blowing away the roof of Dalbandin airport, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.
The fatalities have been reported from Dalbandin where according to Assistant Commissioner (AC) Javed Domki a wall fell upon two people, resulting in their deaths while in separate incidents of roof collapse six people, including women and children, have been injured. “The injured were shifted to Prince Fahad Hospital,” he told journalists.
He further said that strong winds also uprooted electric poles and trees in the city.
The AC expressed the apprehension that the death toll might rise further as more reports of damage to people’s properties, trees and electricity poles were pouring in from different suburban areas of Dalbandin.
Power supply to different localities of Dalbandin, Sibi, Harnai, Kohlu and Sanjawi has also been disrupted.
Similarly, rain is continuing in Bismah city and in its adjoining areas along with fierce winds and lightening.
Same is the case in Bhag, Khattan and Chalgari where it is still raining cats and dogs.
Torrential rains in Kohlu and in its surrounding areas have flooded streams in the mountainous region while light rain has just begun at Uthal Wander and suburbs.
There is extremely high flood in Ploseen stream, Domeel stream and Sarpul stream as intermittent heavy rains continue in Harnai and the surrounding areas, raising fears that the Saroti protective embankment might be washed away.
Sanjawi and the areas in its vicinity are also being pounded by the downpour. Water levels are rising in streams in the area.
Zahir Gul Mengal, an irrigation official, told media that there is a high flood at River Narri near Sibi while two villages in union council Mal had been completely inundated in water.
Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) is going ahead with its relief operations on the instructions of Balochistan chief minister and home minister, supplying goods to the people of affected areas.
PDMA DG told media that chief secretary Balochistan was also being kept updated on the situation.
The DG informed that goods and food items had been dispatched to Sorab for 400 affected families there. “Similarly, relief items have been dispatched to Kohlu, Taftan, Sibi and other areas,” he said, and added that funds had been released to the deputy commissioners (DCs) of all districts in order to deal with any eventuality.
The DG informed that all DCs had been directed to impose section 144 at all tourist resorts in the areas under their jurisdiction while PDMA’s Control Room was open round the clock.
Reporter Rizwan Saeed