BALOCHISTAN/PUNJAB: Rain triggered flash floods caused more damage than expected across Pakistan.
The Kohlu and Barkhan area of Balochistan have already suffered damaged amounting to Rs1 billion. According to the Deputy Commissioner Barkhan, the flash floods and rains have destroyed hundreds of houses and left 47 people dead. The train services from Quetta have also been suspended.
The commissioner claimed that a relief camp has been set up in the Nar Kot area. The Prime Minister has also ordered the National Disaster Management Authority's (NDMA) Chairman, to visit Balochistan as soon as possible. The Punjab Chief Minister has also sent 12 trucks laden with relief goods to the affected areas. Four army helicopters have reached Kohlu, Sibbi and Barkhan to evacuate the stranded people.
In Punjab flash floods have inundated more than 40 settlements in Rajan Pur, Dajal and Rojhan areas. According to the flood control centre, 100,000 cusecs of water is passing through different areas of Rajan Pur. Hundreds of cattle died due to the floods in Rajan Pur and DG Khan.
Ten relief camps have been set up in the affected areas of southern Punjab. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif sent his helicopter to rescue the stranded people.
Various areas of district Layyah are also submerged in water due to a mid level flood in the River Indus. The devastation level is feared to multiply as more floods are expected to hit the district today. However, no relief camp has been set up in the flooded areas of Layyah.
Other than settlements, crops on thousands of acres of agricultural land have also been destroyed.
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