New spell of torrential rain entered in Balochistan, lashing many districts
New spell of torrential rain entered in Balochistan, lashing many districts
Our Reporter

QUETTA: Many areas of rain affected districts of Balochistan were still cut off with Provincial capital Quetta and district headquarters as link roads were washed away in the flash floods caused by heavy rains and thunderstorms, and large numbers of houses were damaged in southern and northern Balochistan.

Officials said here on Wednesday that the new spell of torrential rain entered Balochistan last night and rains with thunderstorms have started lashing many districts, including Provincial capital Quetta since morning.

The new spell of rains once again badly affected the coastal district of Gwadar and some other areas of Makran region and disrupted normal life as the rain water entered in human settlements forcing the residents to flee for safe places who had returned their homes just one two weeks ago after dewatering of their houses and areas which had submerged in the last heavy rains that continued for several day without any interval.

Officials said that the heavy rain started in the port city of Gwadar and other towns of the coastal district in the morning with thunderstorms that continued several hours with small intervals causing flooding the human settlements located downstream of the port city.

“Many areas, including TTC colony, Mullah Fazal chowk and other localities have been converted in lake and flash flood has been entered in the houses,” Sajid Baloch, a resident of the port city told reporter, adding that Surbandan, Pishkan, Jewani, Dashat and some other areas of the Gwadar district were also badly affected and they were cut off with the district headquarter as the link roads were washed away in the flash flood.

Many houses were damaged in Surbandan and Pishkan while boundary walls of large numbers of the houses collapsed. However, no human loss was reported from the rain affected areas of Gwadar district.

The head of the Haq Du Tehreek and MPA from the coastal district, Maulana Hidayat-Ur-Rehman visited the flood hit areas and directed the local administration to immediately launch rescue and relief work in the rain hit areas. The Director General Gwadar Development Authority, Dawood Khilji and other concerned authorities were present in the affected area and supervising rescue operations.

Officials said that Harnai, Sanjavi, Loralai, Zhob, Qila Saifullah. Sherani, Musakhail, Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Barkhan, Kalat, Mastung, Noshki, Dalbandin, Chagai, Washuk, Kharan, Kech, Awaran, Pishin, Qila Abdullah, Chaman and Panjgur have received rain in new spell. However, no major damages were reported so far. The Mat office predicted that in the next 24 hours, these districts, including Quetta will receive heavy rains which could cause flooding rain Nullahs and streams that could hit human settlements and roads.

The spokesman for the Balochistan government, Shahid Rind has said that 40 houses were completely destroyed in rain hit area while around 100 were partially affected. He also confirmed damaging link roads in different districts which affecting traffic.

The traffic was also suspended between Harnai-Sanjavi-Ziarat as the inter-district roads in the area were badly damaged. The people of these areas were stranded and had no road link to reach Quetta or the other side. However, officials said that the concerned departments were making efforts to restore traffic between affected districts by using heavy machinery.