Rain wreaks havoc in Quetta, 4 killed

Quetta—At least four people including two children were killed and over 20 injured in rain related incidents due to heavy rains on Monday which played havoc in the metropolis. “The city receives around 60 millimeter rain within one and half year time, breaking record of last several years,” an official of the local Met Office said.
The torrential rain with hailstorm started lashing Quetta city and suburbs at around 2 p.m. and continued for one and half hour. The entire city roads and streets were inundated as flash flood coming from mountains surrounding Quetta valley entered houses, markets, shops, hospitals, government and private buildings.
The official sources said among four killed were two children identified as Ashraf and Asghar and over 20 others injured in rain related incidents in different localities of the metropolis. “An 11-year-old child fell down in an open main hole of the sewerage system in Sariab road area and died,” they said, adding that two persons were swept away by flash flood in Kharotabad area.
The entire city was deprived of electricity after several electric transformers reportedly exploded and electricity pylons fell down.The flash flood entered in wards of Sandeman Civil Hospital and one of the boundary walls of the hospital collapsed. All main city roads including Jinnah Road, Prince Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Qandhari Bazaar, Brewery Road, Spiny Road and others received heavy rains and look like ponds and strerams.
Thousands of vehicles were struck up in flash floods and hail storm shattered the windowpanes of the vehicles. People were even forced to stay under shelters as trees and sign boards were falling down in torrential rain with hailstorm and windstorm.—APP

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