Floods claim 11 more lives in Balochistan, crack Machka Dam

Hundreds of houses and many link roads washed away: Heavy rains wreak havoc in Sindh areas: Flood in Taunsa also leaves hundreds of people homeless: Three sisters die in Bahawalnagar roof collapse

By: News Desk
Published: 10:47 AM, 18 Aug, 2022
Floods claim 11 more lives in Balochistan, crack Machka Dam
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At least 11 people died and many sustained critical injuries in different flood related incidents in Balochistan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

In Qila Abdullah, Machka Dam broke which left hundreds of houses and many link roads washed away in flash flood. It also forced thousands of people to migrate.

Besides, Kalmati Goth and Nasib Khaskheli Goth of Lasbela were submerged after Rori Nullah and Mithi Nullah were flooded due to heavy rains.

From the Kalamati Stop, the water came to the national highway, leaving hundreds of passengers trapped in the flood.

Other areas including Bahadur Khan Kalmati Goth, Bahram Khan Kalmati Goth and Natha Khan Kalmati Goth were amongst the worst flood-hit areas.

The people of the Kalamati Goths started moving to safe places.

In Kohlu city and its surroundings, it has been raining since last night. Mud houses collapsed due to rain, and there is a threat of flood in the area again.

In Sanghar, Sindh, eight people sustained injuries in roof collapse incidents due to heavy rain at night.

The continuous rain for 22 hours in Sanghar also broke 30-year record, causing the local streams and nullahs to be flooded and leaving low-lying areas submerged.

Many areas including Workshop Gujri, Chotiari and Jhol Mian came under water after the nullahs overflowed.

The Meteorological Department had issued a red alert in Sanghar a month ago, but due to the lack of timely cleaning of the nullahs, they broke.

The people of Sanghar are forced to take shelter on the roofs of their houses. The seven-feet high flood water has made the life of the residents of Zahid Town, Gulshan Sawan, Gulshan Kamal and Raja Town difficult.

The standing crops in different areas of Sanghar were also destroyed and submerged in water.

Moreover, the wards of civil hospital in Sanghar were also submerged. The Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rains for another four days.

The focal person of Sanghar is missing from the scene. The people are helpless in the rain water, waiting for help and rescue.

The electricity system across the district was disrupted. Many feeders tripped and electricity was cut off due to the collapse of electricity poles in most areas.

Other areas of Sindh including Dadu, Qambar, Shikarpur and Degree also experienced heavy rains and flash floods. People were forced to move to safe places as there was no let-up in rains.

In Taunsa Sharif, rain continued intermittently in the city, causing floods in over 100 villages which played havoc with the lives of the people.

The tehsil administration was busy all night trying to save the people stuck in flood.

Sanghar Nullah and Kora Nullah have been flooded due to continuous rain.

Villages including Mangrotha, Sokar, Ahmadani, Chatani, Roof Mandarani, Nari and Wahwa Tarman were vacated overnight.

There is no let-up in the rain. The administration appears helpless in the face of the natural disaster as it has run short of machinery and boats.

“Rescue teams are working in every flood-hit area. There is no decrease in flood due to continuous rain. Currently, 28 boats and 120 rescue officials are working day and night,” said rescue in-charge Imran Ahmed.

“We have lost all communication with Wahwa city. The rescuers, who are present there, are carrying out the rescue work,” added he.

Moreover, the network of electricity, internet and cell phone was also disrupted due to flood.

Besides, a flood-like situation has developed at Head Balloki after the release of water into Ravi River by India. A red alert has been issued in this regard.

In Bahawalnagar, the roof of a room collapsed due to rain in Telianwala area, said the rescue sources.

Three sisters, who were sleeping in the room, died after being buried under the debris.

The rescue team removed the bodies of the deceased women from the debris and shifted them to the hospital.

The deceased women were identified as 24-year-old Nadira, 28-year-old Razia and 30-year-old Rubina.

Two of the deceased sisters were teachers in a private school.

Reporters: Waqas Ahmed Rehmani, Azmat Buzdar, Dauran Baloch