Quetta declared a calamity-hit area as heavy downpour killed 25 in district

The government of Balochistan declared Quetta, the provincial capital, as a calamity-hit area after two-day torrential rains and flash floods caused mass destruction with more than 20 fatalities and several injured in the district.

The Balochistan government issued a notification to declare an emergency in the Quetta district.

According to PDMA Director General Naseer Ahmed Nasar, the dead included three women and four children, while 35 people were injured in the rain-related accidents throughout the province during the last two days.

Reported rain-related accidents

Several rain-related accidents were reported by the locals and many dead and injured people were recovered from the reported areas by the PDMA. Some of those accidents, as per PDMA officials, are mentioned below:

  • Four bodies were recovered from floodwaters accumulated at the Eastern Bypass, Kharotabad, and other areas.
  • 50 mud houses collapsed in the Sariab Mills area, Eastern Bypass, and other areas on the outskirts.
  • Two missing girls were reported by the police for whom PDMA then launched a search operation on Tuesday. The body of one of the two girls who drowned in a deep pond in the Bhosa Mandi area was recovered by PDMA divers while the other could not be found despite a 24 hrs long search.
  • The body of another man who drowned in a small dam located in the Gang Shakri area on the outskirts of Quetta was also recovered.
  • Two women were killed in the Dasht area in Mastung district when a wall of their house collapsed.
  • three children drowned in a seasonal stream carrying flash flood water in Mand area of Keh District, close to the Pakistan-Iran border.
  • Five coal miners were swept away in a seasonal nullah. However, the locals saved two of them, while three others drowned in the gushing water.
  • Another man was found dead after being swept away by a flash flood in Kartak area of Bolan district.

Elsewhere in Balochistan, heavy rains have played havoc. Over a dozen small and check dams were swept away in the flash floods in Killa Abdullah, Mastung, Bolan, Pishin, and other parts of Balochistan. Traffic remained suspended on Quetta-Jacobabad highway after flooding in Mach River.

 An emergency has been imposed to provide medical treatment to the injured, Waseem Baig, the spokesperson for Civil Hospital Quetta said.

Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Quddus Bizenjo has directed all concerned departments to speed up the relief operation and reach the affected people.

The rescue workers made hectic efforts to provide timely relief to the affected people in Nawan Killi, Sariab, Kharotabad, Pashtoonabad, and other parts of the provincial capital, DG PDMA told media.

“PDMA has provided tents, blankets, and food items to the affected people,” Ziaullah Langove, the Balochistan Home Minister said.

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