Torrents sweep away 10 in Balochistan

Torrents sweep away 10 in Balochistan

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QUETTA: A family of eight was among 10 people swept away by a torrent after heavy rains in the Awaran and Zhob areas of Balochistan, authorities said Saturday.

Officials with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said torrential rains, which began late Friday in Khuzdar and Awaran districts, triggered flash floods in seasonal streams.

According to the officials, the family consisting of eight members (three women, two children and three men) was heading to Kalat from Awaran in a vehicle. While trying to cross a stream near Jhao despite strong currents, the vehicle was swept away.

Levies staff and Awaran administration officials went to the scene to track down the bodies. “Levies recovered seven bodies and transferred them to a nearby hospital,” Jummadad Khan, Awaran’s deputy commissioner, told Dawn when contacted by phone. One of the bodies has not yet been received.

The family belongs to the Surab area of ​​Kalat and was on his way home when the tragic incident occurred. “Seven of the eight bodies have been sent to their hometown (Surab) by the administration through ambulances,” she said.

The deceased were identified as Azizullah, 38, Munir Ahmed, 37, Ayesha Bibi, 40, Noorzadi, 18,

Seema Bibi, 17, Babiba Bibi, 9, and Museer Ahmed, 7. However, Mohsin’s body was missing and efforts were underway to recover it.

Separately, at least two people were washed away in Zhob.

Authorities said the body of 60-year-old Muhammad Shafiq was found in the Sombaza mountain area near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, while 16-year-old Masood Khan remained missing.

The victims were in the area with their goats and found themselves trapped in a torrent on a hill. “At least 10 goats were also washed away by the flood waters,” said Ramzan Palal, Zhob’s deputy commissioner. The bodies of 10 goats were found in the area, he added. There are reports that some mud houses were also damaged by the rains.

However, the deputy commissioner said that the situation was under control after heavy rains were reported in Balochistan, including Zhob, Kalat, Nushki, Dalbandin, Ziarat, Harnai, Duki, Qila Saifullah, Chaman, Loralai, Awaran, Mashkey, Uthal. and Quetta. . The deluge also reportedly affected traffic between Quetta and Karachi after rain washed out an alternate road near Uthal.

Published in Alba, March 19, 2023

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