Monsoon rains: 105 died, 61 injured in Balochistan: Spokesperson

Flood badly affects communication system, caused difficulties to help affectees in Balochistan: Farah Shah
Flood badly affects communication system, caused difficulties to help affectees in Balochistan: Farah Shah

ISLAMABAD, Jul 27 (APP): At least 105 people died, 61 injured whereas over 1000 have been displaced due to torrential rains and flash floods in Balochistan, spokesperson Farah Azeem Shah said on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference here, she said due to recent floods in the province over 5000 livestock and houses were completely damaged, whereas partially loss occurred to over 7000 houses.

Out of total 220 disconnected roads, around 185 have been restored while work on restoration of 34 was in progress.

Likewise, the rains also damaged 44 bridges out of which 38 were restored. Different types of machinery including loaders, tractors, excavators was also deployed in the field to carry out relief operation in smooth way.

There was no loss occurred to major dams, however 1020 small dams were damaged on which rehabilitation work underway, she maintained.

Sharing details of relief measures taken by the Balochistan government, she said the provincial government continued relief operation in the rain-affected districts by utilising all available resources.

Farah Shah praised the initiative of the provincial government and the Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo for issuing compensation money to the families of the people who died due to heavy monsoon rains and floods.

“The Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo released Rs. 92.4 million for the families of rain victims and deceased persons,” she said”.

She noted that Kech, Turbat Lasbela and Jhal Magsi were the most affected areas. Roads were disconnected, however, after provision of helicopter by the Pakistan Army and the provincial government the relief operations were being carried out on war footing.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), district administration and other departments were pursuing the relief and rescue operations in the rain-affected areas to protect the life and property of the people in the current emergency situation, she added.

The Balochistan spokesperson categorically stated that the provincial government would not compromise on relief and rehabilitation of the catastrophe-stricken people.

“The government is trying its best to provide all possible relief to the rain-hit people by shifting them to safer places,” she said, adding the civil administration was making all out efforts to provide tents, ration and medical facilities to the affectees.

The National Highways Authority was also directed for immediate restoration and repair of the structures affected by the rains, she maintained.