At least nine people lost their lives in rain-related incidents as stormy monsoon rains lashed parts of Balochistan, while many areas were inundated as seven dams burst in different areas, Geo News reported Thursday.
Due to heavy rainfall and floods, seven dams were burst in the areas of Pashin, Qila Saifullah, Muslim Bagh, Qila Abdullah, and Zhob, while a crack appeared in Kan Mehtarzai dam.
Five people died, including women and children, and huts and animals were swept away in floods. Two women and three children went missing.
In the area of Panjgure, due to heavy rainfall, four children were reportedly killed as the wall of a house collapsed.
As heavy rain hit Balochistan, the road connected to Pak-Afghan bordering villages was also swept away while the Balochistan-Punjab highway was closed at different points.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army and Levies forces are busy in rescue work in rain and flood-affected areas.
Monsoon rains claim 77 lives in Pakistan
On Wednesday, Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said that the current monsoon rains have claimed 77 lives, while 39 deaths were reported from Balochistan alone — the most from any province.
The climate change minister termed the deaths a “national tragedy” as hundreds of homes have been destroyed and rescue operations in remote areas are being hampered due to heavy rains.
Quetta declared disaster struck
The Balochistan government had declared Quetta a disaster-struck area and imposed a state of emergency in the provincial capital after rain wreaked havoc earlier this week.
Due to torrential rains, the rivers and canals of the province have overflowed too.