Flash floods kill 11 in Balochistan

CM Zehri directs PDMA to enhance provision of relief items to affectees


Agencies July 03, 2017
Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister for Relief was unhappy with NGOs for not launching relief programs on their own. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

QUETTA: At least 11 people were killed and scores injured in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in Balochistan, officials said on Sunday.

"Heavy rainfall on Friday triggered flash floods which swept away mud houses in Lasbela district causing damage to life and property," said Hashim Ghilzai, a district administration official.

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"The rain had swept away 14 people and we have recovered 11 dead bodies today while three people are still missing," he added.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said 20 houses had been damaged by the flash floods.

Abuzar Ghaffari, chief of paramilitary troops in the area, said they were searching for dead bodies with the help of sniffer dogs.

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Poorly built homes across Pakistan, particularly in rural areas, are susceptible to collapse during the annual spring and monsoon rains in July-August, which are often heavy.

Severe weather in recent years has killed hundreds and destroyed huge tracts of prime farmland.

The worst flooding in recent times occurred in 2010, when they covered almost a fifth of the country's total landmass, killed nearly 2,000 people and displaced 20 million.

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Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in Hub and its adjoining areas due to torrential rains.

In a statement, the chief minister said all possible steps would be taken for the rehabilitation of the affectees. He sought report of losses and relief activities from Commissioner Kalat Division.

Zehri also directed PDMA to further enhance provision of relief items to the affectees.

 

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