Rain, urban flood emergency declared in Balochistan amid heavy downpour

Schools closed in the province for two days as PMD warns of more intermittent rains in Balochistan

Web Desk | Zarmeen Zehra
April 15, 2024
The picture shows flooding in Balochistan. —
The picture shows flooding in Balochistan. —

The Balochistan government declared rain and flood emergency due to continuous heavy rains which battered different districts of Balochistan, killing and injuring several people across the province.

The areas which witnessed heavy rains includeKohlu, Musa Khel, Zhob, Sherani, Mastung, Nushki.

Meanwhile, Chaman, Qila Abdullah, Pishin, Ziarat, Mastung, Muslim Bagh, Kan Mehtarzai and Kalat saw hailstorms accompanied by strong winds which has caused destruction to trees, gardens and solar panels.

Torrential rains and hailstorms also disrupted land connectivity, affecting the communication system of rural areas of Sinjawi, Pishin, Toba Kakari, Shelabagh, Qila Abdullah and Pishin, due to which the citizens are facing severe problems.

In Pasni's ward no 5, the roof of a house collapsed due to rain, injuring six people including four children.The rescue personnel took out the injured from the debris and shifted them to the hospital.

In Karkh, a 13-year-old girl lost her life after she was buried under the debris due to the roof collapse while three others were wounded in the incident.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted more intermittent rains in Balochistan this week.

"Westerly winds will enter the western areas of Balochistan on the night of April 16 and will spread to the upper regions of the country on April 18," it added.

The PMD said that there is a chance of rainin Gwadar, Naseerabad, Sibi, Kohlu, Harnaya, Mastung, Barkhan from April 16 to 19. Meanwhile, there is a risk of flooding in strong water drain on April 17 to 18 due to rains.

Balochistan government spokespersonShahid Rind gave a briefing on the situation, saying that seven people have lost their lives due to rains so far.

Rind said that the schools have been closed for two days keeping in view the situation, adding that the holidays of all officers and staff concerned have been cancelled.

The spokesperson said that the government was responding to the complaints and action against encroachment on drains is ongoing.

Meanwhile, member of Balochistan AssemblyWali Muhammad said that theProvincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) was working in the current situation and work was being done in affected areas.