Local media reported that 30 villages in Pakistan’s Sindh province were inundated after flash floods from Balochistan, taking the total number of submerged villages in the mountainous region to 50.
As the torrential rains and flash floods continued in Balochistan, another stream of flood water entered the adjoining Kambar-Shahdadkot district and Kachho hills of Dadu district, causing more damage in different areas, ARY News reported.
According to sources, “Thirty more villages have been submerged in Kachho and Link Road as the total number of submerged villages in the hilly area has reached 50.”
According to ARY News, local sources said that people in the affected areas were forced to take shelter in hills and protective dams to save their lives.
“A 70-year-old woman in a flood-affected village died due to non-availability of medical help due to health condition.”
This year in particular Balochistan has received unexpectedly heavy rains during the monsoon season.
Pakistan’s disaster management officials said on Saturday that 19 more people were killed and hundreds more stranded in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces in heavy rains and floods.
In the last 24 hours, nine members of a family drowned after being washed away in floods in Balochistan, a local media reported citing the PDMA.
According to a Dawn report, seven children and a woman are among the victims.
According to a report released by PDMA, at least 10 people were killed and 17 injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to floods and roof collapse.
It said that around 100 houses have been completely damaged in the floods in the last 36 hours, leaving people stranded for want of water and roof till their waist.
The data released by the PDMA said that Peshawar, Swabi, Charsadda, Shangla, Khyber, Dera Ismail Khan and Bajaur are the most affected areas.
In view of the havoc caused by heavy rains in Balochistan, the provincial authorities have imposed Section 144 in the province.
“Section 144 has been imposed in the province and citizens have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel for 10 days,” Chief Secretary Abdul Aziz Ukaili said on Friday.
He said that since June 1, the rains have killed 124 people and damaged 10,000 houses in the state. About 565 km of roads and 197,930 acres of agricultural land were damaged by the floods, while 712 livestock were also killed.
Devastating spells of monsoon rains have caused the collapse of two dams, Zara and Tabina, in the Toba Kakar range of mountains in Balochistan.
Two dams collapsed on the Toba Achakzai branch in Tsharbat, Zemel Shadizi, Mako Kech, Zamal, Ghabarg, Adozai, Farakhi and its suburban parts.
After the dams collapsed, flood waters destroyed cattle, crops and farms in the affected areas. It is pertinent to mention here that land connectivity to Toba Achakzai was cut off from other parts of the country for four days.
Meanwhile, road connectivity between Balochistan and Sindh was completely cut off, as a bridge and a road connecting the two provinces were damaged at Lasbela and Khujdar respectively.
As per the Dawn report, traffic on the Quetta-Karachi highway is still suspended due to the collapse of major bridges and inundation of a large part of the highway.
In its latest forecast on Saturday, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted more rain and thundershowers in different parts of the country during the next 24 hours. The weather advised travelers and tourists to be more cautious during the forecast period.
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