Authorities Across Pakistan Brace For ‘Rain Disaster’

Authorities Across Pakistan Brace For ‘Rain Disaster’

Severe Rainfall In Sindh And Balochistan

In anticipation of a “vigorous monsoon,” disaster management officials are preparing for yet another period of severe rainfall, particularly in Sindh and Balochistan.

On Thursday, rain lashed portions of Balochistan, causing yet another wave of flash floods in the southwestern province. 

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), which anticipated “high weather activity” over the next three days in Karachi, the Hub Dam catchment areas (which includes parts of Balochistan), and the Arabian Sea, was the source of the advisory from the National Disaster Management Authority. 

Result Of The Current Monsoon Rains

Four more people perished on Thursday as a result of the current monsoon rains, which have already claimed over 160 lives since they began earlier this month. Three of these deaths occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one in Gilgit-Baltistan. 

Three individuals drowned in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Lakki Marwat and Mansehra districts, according to rescue officials, while a van reportedly drove off a slick road near Babusar Pass, killing one person and injuring 13 others, all of whom were Swat natives. 

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Infrastructure Damage

At the time of filing, news from Balochistan depicted a gloomy picture since the heavy rain had caused infrastructure damage to the province’s northern and centre regions. 

Due to flooding, many towns and cities in the province were still cut off from Quetta and other district headquarters. Due to the rain, the highways connecting Sukkur with Quetta and Dera Ghazi Khan (Punjab) with Loralai remained closed, cutting off Balochistan from Punjab and Sindh. 

After the Bolan, Nari, and other rivers overflowed and damaged the highway close to Bolan, local authorities decided to restrict the route connecting Quetta and Sukkur as a precaution. 

Villages Would Hit By Floodwater

According to Mansoor Qazi, the deputy commissioner for Sibi, “we have chosen to block the road for nocturnal travel since floodwater damaged the highway at numerous spots.” The DC said that nearby villages would soon be hit by floodwater from the Nari River. 

He claimed that because to the Nari River’s anticipated overflow inundation, the settlements were being evacuated. According to the irrigation officials, Harnai, Ziarat, Duki, and Sanjavi towns were experiencing strong monsoon rains that were flooding the catchment areas of the Nari, Bolan, and other seasonal rivers. 

Similar to that, the Lehri River and seasonal streams were flooded in the Dera Bugti and Kohlu regions due to the severe rainfall.

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