Balochistan

Death Toll from the Balochistan rains has risen to 111.

QUETTA, (Infosette News) According to Chief Secretary Balochistan Abdul Aziz Aqili, flash floods caused by torrential rains have claimed several more lives in Balochistan, bringing the total death toll to 111.

“The provincial government is facing a huge challenge in dealing with the situation that has arisen as a result of the heavy downpour and flash floods,” he said during a press conference at the Jamali Auditorium of the Civil Secretariat. NHA Chairman Khuram Agha and PDMA DG Naseer Nasar were also present.

Sharing details about the rain-related damages and relief operations in disaster-affected areas, CS Balochistan stated that 10 districts of the province were the worst affected by the monsoon rain, as it rained 500 percent more than it had in the previous 30 years during the recent monsoon spell.

The CS stated that rain and floods have damaged over 10,000 houses, with 6700 completely destroyed. It damaged at least six major bridges, and approximately 565 kilometers of road, and killed 712 livestock.

Torrential rain and flooding also harmed the province’s 197,930 acres of agricultural land.

The Chief Secretary emphasized the government’s prompt response to the disaster, noting that the vacations of all concerned institutions were canceled even before the pre-monsoon due to the forecast of rains.

As many as 17,500 people have been rescued as a result of the heavy rain, and the federal and provincial governments have announced Rs ten million in compensation for those who have died. Those whose property and livestock have been damaged will also be compensated.

“Daily meetings are being held with the deputy commissioners,” he said, adding that four relief camps have been established in different areas hit hard by the disaster. The victims have been given 10,645 tents and other items as immediate relief.

However, Abdul Aziz clarified that the provincial government and Pakistan Army helicopters are on standby but are not being used due to inclement weather.

He stated that Section 144 is now in effect in the province. Heavy traffic between Quetta and Karachi has been suspended, and citizens have been asked to avoid unnecessary travel for the next ten days.

The CS expressed satisfaction with the district administration’s response, stating that deputy commissioners from all districts are doing relief work. “If any officer is found to be negligent, action will be taken against him.”

It should be noted that the torrential rain that began on June 13th is still wreaking havoc in parts of the province. Labella, Khuzdar Jhal Magsi, and their surrounding areas have been hit the hardest, with heavy rains and flooding destroying infrastructure and inundating hundreds of villages.

“Those who died during the monsoon rains and flooding included 34 children, 30 women, and 42 men,” according to a PDMA report, adding that 62 people were injured.

In the worst-affected districts, the provincial government, district administration, PDMA, and Pakistan Army have launched rescue and relief operations. However, due to the magnitude of the disaster, the relief operation is not producing the desired results, as flood-affected people require additional assistance from the government and international humanitarian organizations for rescue, relief, and rehabilitation.

Balochistan is cut off from Sindh Province due to damage to the main bridge at Lasbela and the road in Khuzdar. A large number of public and private vehicles are stranded on the roads leading to Sindh.

Khair Mohammad Baloch, a resident of Lasbela’s Orgi area, told media that at least 100 people in his town were affected by the flash flood and were awaiting government assistance. “People are being mounted on trees to save their lives,” he explained.

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