Balochistan badly hit by flood, CM appeals for help

By: News Desk
Published: 10:54 PM, 21 Aug, 2022
Balochistan badly hit by flood, CM appeals for help
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Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has made an appeal for help in recovering from flood ruins as all the districts of the province have badly hit by floods and rains.

In a tweet, the cm said: “All the districts of Balochistan have been affected by the rains and in this hour of difficulty, Balochistan needs the support of its friends and sympathizers. 

Quetta facing situation, educational institutes closed for week

As torrential rains and flash floods have continued in Balochistan, the second stream of floodwater has entered in suburban areas of the capital city of Balochistan, Quetta fearing more losses of lives and properties, reported 24 News TV HD TV Channel Sunday.  

According to reports, several villages in adjacent areas of Quetta and link roads have submerged in the water. The people of the affected areas are forced to take refuge in hills and other areas to save their lives and assets.

The Balochistan government has announced to close all the educational institutions including public and private sectors for 6 days due to the recent heavy rains. 

Balochistan Education Minister Naseeb Ullah Marri said the educational institutions will remain closed from August 22 to August 27. 

He said philanthropists come and lend us a hand in relief activities as normal life in the areas has been paralyzed due to heavy and unusual rains and floods. Every district of the province has been affected by the flood at this time, he added. 

The government has established the Balochistan Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Fund Account number of this fund is G12141. 

Aid for flood victims of Balochistan from home and abroad can be deposited in the account in any branch of State Bank or National Bank.

Dam in Kalat collapsed

Meanwhile, disastrous spells of monsoon rains in Balochistan have led to the collapse of the Mungachar Dam of the Kalat division, reported 24 News HD TV Channel Sunday. 

The dam water has entered the suburban villages of Mungachar. The military relief force and local people are evacuating the residents of the area to safety. High-level flood in the canal passing through the city. The flood relay began to pass over the bridge connecting different areas of the city. The flood water caused severe threats to the Gharibabad neighborhood of Ghambazar Dasht and other areas.

Sindh declares 23 district calamity-hit areas

In view of the heavy monsoon rains, the Sindh government has declared twenty-three districts including the Malir district of Karachi as calamity-hit areas. The districts include Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Tando, Mohammad Khan, Dadu, Sajawal, Tando, Allahyar, Jamshoro, Matiari, Mirpur Khas, Umerkot, Shaheed, Benazirabad, Naushahro Feroze, and Sanghar have also been declared disaster areas. Sukkur, Khairpur, Ghotki, Larkana, Kashmore, Jacobabad, and Malir have also been declared disaster-hit areas. 

Painful stories in Punjab and Balochistan

Floods in Balochistan and South Punjab have created painful stories of devastation. Roads connecting South Punjab with Punjab and Balochistan have been cut. Villages in Taunsa Sharif have been destroyed. Rivers and streams also overflowed in Nushki. Dams in the Kalat district of Balochistan have collapsed, Rivers and streams overflowed in Bela and Nushki.

A good number of people from flood-affected areas of Punjab protested in front of the Islamabad Press Club. They said due to the current monsoon rains, many areas have been devastated by floods while rulers are paying no heed to their miseries. 

Army’s relief operations continue

Pakistan Army troops are continuously engaged in the provision of relief and rescue operations in the flood-affected areas of Taunsa, DG Khan, and Rajanpur along with civil administration on a large scale, reported 24 News HD TV Channel Sunday. 

In Taunsa, DG Khan 2029, local people including the elderly, women, and children stranded in flood-affected areas were transported by boats to relief camps where cooked food, drinking water, and household items were provided. 3000 ration bags were distributed among the victims.

Troops of the medical battalion of the Pakistan Army are busy visiting the sick and injured in the medical camps established at DG Khan and Rajanpur. Medical camps are working continuously to help the population.

Free medical treatment and medicines have been provided to more than 2500 patients. 4000 ration bags were distributed in Rajanpur and more than 3000 patients were provided free treatment and medicines in medical camps.

The relief operation in South Punjab is a practical manifestation of the determination of the Pakistan Army to provide all possible help to its countrymen in times of difficulty.

Reporters: Azad Nahro, Rozina Ali