23 die in non-stop rainy bout in Sindh, Balochistan
Hundreds of houses collapsed, cattle head swept away: DIK National Highway closed: Traffic suspended between DG Khan and Quetta; and also between Peshawar and Karachi on Indus Highway
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The torrential rains in Balochistan and Sindh have once again wreaked havoc as heavy downpour for three straight days have taken as many as 23 lives and injured hundreds of others while suspending interprovincial highways, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.
The heavy rains in most parts of Sindh including Sanghar, Thatta, Dadu, Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Larkana, and Hyderabad paralysed communication systems.
In a provincial breakdown of the rising death toll, as many as 14 people died as a result of rain-related accidents in Khairpur and Qambar, 6 persons including four children died in different parts of DG Khan and three died as a result of flash-flooding in Balochistan’s Lasbela district and adjoining areas.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people left stranded without tents under the open sky by the torrential rains following the large-scale destruction of their mud houses.
In tehsil Mehar, District Dadu, two people including a woman died in rain related incidents.
In village Sojhro Ghorar, a man named Aslam died when the roof of his house collapsed. In another roof collapse incident in Theeba Shahbaz Colony, a woman died.
The rain has been ponding the city continuously for the last 40 hours. As many as 30 houses have been collapsed in different villages in Dadu due to torrential rains.
In Khaipur Nathan, 10 people were buried when the roof of their house was caved in in Siddique Joya village. However, the neighbours pulled out nine people alive. But 18-year-old Muzaffar Joya could not survive and died under the debris. The condition of four people was stated to be critical.
The rain is continued in Sanghar for the last 48 hours and it has been cut off from the rest of the country. The rainwater has entered houses and people have compelled to move to safer places. The administration has utterly failed to pump out the accumulated rainwater from houses and streets.
Mirpur Khas has also been pounded by heavy rain continued for the last 48 hours. People have taken refuge in schools and on roads.
In Shikarpur, the rain spell which has been continued for the last 22 hours has inundated the low lying areas. The city is deprived of electricity and gas for the last 26 hours.
In Kand Koth, the roofs of several houses were collapsed. Two houses were completely destroyed injuring five people.
Balochistan, DG Khan situation
Due to land sliding in Zhob, the Dera Ismail Khan’s national highway has been closed.
In Dera Bugti, several houses have been damaged and their roofs collapsed. The flashfloods in the area have swept away many houses and cattle head.
People are compelled to spend their days and nights in the open, besides facing hardship in getting food articles and drinking water.
Exceptionally strong flash flooding in Koh-e-Suleman range has displaced 0.7 million population of DG Khan, besides killing six people.
Thousands of people were stranded after 200 small, large villages were badly hit by the rain. The flash flooding also suspended traffic between Dera Ghazi Khan and Quetta, Balochistan and Punjab and also between Peshawar and Karachi on the Indus Highway.
Urban flooding warning
Meanwhile, the metrological office on Friday issued heavy rain warning that might cause urban flooding in Dadu, Sukkur, Larkana and Jacobabad today.
Flash flooding is expected in Qilla Saifullah, Loralai, Barkhan, Kohlu, Musa Khel, Sherani, Sibbi, Bolan, Kalat, Khuzdar, Panjgur and DG.Khan. Rainfall may trigger landslides in Kashmir, hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galiyat, Murree, Chillas, Diamir, Gilgit, Hunza, Astore and Skardu during the forecast period.
Reporters: Waqas Ahmad Rehamani, Zeeshan Sheikh, Fayyaz Jafri and Kamran Kori