Balochistan cities severely battered by rain fury; 12 dead in KP rains

2,000 evacuated from Uthal villages: Bridges disconnected in Bela, Gaddani, Wadh, Uthal, Wnadar: Army, Navy teams continue relief-rescue operations: PDMA says 12 dead in KP rain, flashfloods chaos: Four more bodies found stuck in Sukkur Barrage

By: News Desk
Published: 10:39 AM, 30 Jul, 2022
Balochistan cities severely battered by rain fury; 12 dead in KP rains
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Torrential rains have wreaked havoc in Balochistan as several areas of the province have been badly affected by the flashfloods. The situation was not different in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where heavy rains and floods claimed a dozen lives, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

The Pakistan Army officials are busy in carrying our relief operation in different areas of Lasbela, Uthal and Lakhra. As many as 2,000 stranded people in four villages of Uthal have been rescued. 

The administration has also opened Quetta-Karachi N25 Highway for traffic which was disconnected for almost a week. The communication system in many parts of the province especially Lasbela has been restored.

Bridges have also been disconnected at Wadh Bela, Uthal, Wnadar, and Gaddani areas putting passengers and commuters at great difficulty.

The Pakistan Navy continues to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support to the people stranded in Urki, Uthal, Lakhra and other small isolated hutments of Lasbela District.

Pakistan Navy helicopters undertook multiple hops from Uthal to the affected areas to air drop rations near people trapped in their homes.

ECP postpones LG elections in Lasbela

Due to torrential rains and flashfloods, the Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday postponed the local government (LG) elections in Lasbela district. 

According to an ECP spokesperson, the ongoing process of local government elections in Lasbela district has been stopped due to the suspension of transportation and damage to roads, bridges and other properties and the limited movement of people amid the monsoon rains.

The election process would be resumed from where it was stopped, when the conditions improve, the notification added.

Four more bodies found stuck in Sukkur Barrage

Four more bodies of unidentified persons were spotted in the Sukkur Barrage yesterday, taking the total number of bodies seen in the barrage in the last few days to seven, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

The scene of four bodies stuck in the barrage’s gates numbers 32, 34, 50 and 60 created panic in the administration, which swung into action to fish them out of water.

12 dead, 17 hurt in KPK rain, flashfloods chaos: PDMA  

As many as 12 people have lost their lives and 17 others sustained injuries, while scores of houses have been demolished due to heavy rains and flashfloods that have hit the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during last 36 hours, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

According to the KPK Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) report, during last 36 hours, 12 people have died and 17 others hurt as a result of torrential rains and flashfloods. 188 houses have partially damaged while 99 houses have totally been destroyed, it added.

The PDMA informed that relief goods are being distributed among the affectees of Khyber, Mansehra, Dir Lower and Buner.

According to the authority, Kabul River is in high flood at the point of Nowshera and River Jandi at Charsadda. However, the water flow in other rivers is normal, it added. 

Dera Ismail Khan deputy commissioner said that the administration was trying hard to stop a flashflood entering a populated area in Bund Koi, Tehsil Paharpur. He said that the concerned district administration was trying to restore the closed roads over there. 

The PDMA director general said that the local administration had been directed to provide estimation regarding damage done during recent rainy spell in the province and extend every possible help to the affectees. 

The PDMA said that its emergency operation centre has become fully operative and people could inform it about any untoward incident by calling on Helpline 1700. 

Two kids, woman dead in Mardan roof collapse 

Meanwhile, the festive mood of a wedding house has turned into a somber affair when the roof of the house caved in, killing three people including two children and a woman in Mardan.

Reportedly, as a wedding function was going to take place in the house in Misri Abad area of Chakro in Mardan today when the roof of a room collapsed, burying the people present there. As a result, two children and a woman were killed and three others sustained severe injuries. The Rescue 1122 officials pulled out the buried people. 

After providing first aid to the injured persons, the Rescue officials shifted them to the MMC hospital. 

The dead and injured persons included: 6-year-old Arif (dead); 2-year-old Ans (dead); 19-year-old wife of Muhammad Asif (dead); 10-year-old Haris (injured); 60-year-old Muhammad Zahir and 10-year-old Waris (injured). 

The condition of one injured child was stated to be critical.