Rains Claim 18 Lives in Three Provinces; PDMA Warns of Floods

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At least 18 people, including nine children, were killed and several others injured in rain-related incidents in different areas of Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday as downpour and thunderstorm continued to lash various parts of the country.

Big cracks developed in over two dozen houses in Quetta’s Musa colony because of landslip caused by flash flood and hill torrents. A large number of people have left their houses and moved to safe areas over the past week as rain lashed Balochistan.

The Provincial Disaster Manage¬ment Authority (PDMA) shifted several families to government buildings and provided them relief goods, including food and blankets.

Officials confirmed the death toll and said the continual heavy rains were causing flash floods, collapsing of mud-houses and damage to roads, affecting traffic between different district headquarters of Balochistan.

“Ten people, including a woman and four minor girls, were killed and 12 others injured in rain-related incidents in Balochistan,” PDMA Director General Zahid Saleem told Dawn.

According to the official, a woman and her four daughters died on Friday morning when the roof of their mud-house in Shna Ponga village of Sherani district caved in. Four others were injured.

A man, his two grandsons and two granddaughters were killed and three others injured when the roof of their house collapsed in village Ajizai Saidaan area of Pishin district on Friday night. The injured included two women and a child.

Four people were killed due to lightning in Mastung, Chagai and Loralai.

One person was killed when the wall of a house collapsed in Quetta.
In Loralai, four girls were injured when the roof of a classroom caved in.

Five villages were affected by flash floods in Mastung. Six mud-houses collapsed in Chaman and Qila Abdullah. However, no casualty was reported from these areas.

Several mud-houses were damaged in village Higwani after it was hit by hill torrents. According to sources, the affected families have been shifted to safe places.

The rain has deprived people in Molla area of Khuzdar district of their livestock. “Twenty-four goats and sheep have been washed away in Molla river. The river is carrying heavy flood threatening downstream areas of Jhal Magsi and Gandawah,” the sources said.

Heavy rains and thunderstorm were also reported in Khuzdar, Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Pishin, Ziarat, Loralai, Barkhan, Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Qila Saifullah, Chaman, Zhob, Sibi, Kalat, Mastung, Jhal Magsi and Lasbela.

The PDMA director general said relief goods, including food and tents, had been sent to Qila Abdullah. He said the PDMA had set up a central control room which was working round the clock. Control rooms had also been set up at divisional and district levels, he added.