Over 50 dead in Balochistan monsoon rains


At least 56 people have been killed in monsoon rains and floods in Balochistan whereas torrential rains have caused chaos in various parts of the country.

As per the report of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Balochistan, at least 56 people have been killed in monsoon flooding, including 10 men, 22 women and 24 children. The deaths were reported from Bolan, Quetta, Zhob, Duki, Khuzdar, Kohlu, Kech, Mastung, Harnai, Qila Saifullah and Sibbi. As many as 48 people were injured in rain-related incidents in Quetta.

Earlier, the Balochistan government declared Quetta a calamity-hit district after heavy rainfall. The provincial government also declared an emergency in Quetta to cope with the situation. More than 670 houses have been damaged due to rains and floods in the province.

Besides this, many areas in different parts of the country have been inundated in waist-deep water since the monsoon system entered, bringing life to a standstill. In many areas, waterlogging has led to traffic snarls and people were seen wading through brown and black murky water which flooded the streets.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced an assistance package for the victims of rains and floods in the country. He approved emergency financial assistance for the families and children of those who died during the floods and rains.—NNI


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