Home to the highest mountain in the world, Pakistan’s Baluchistan province is reeling from devastating floods

The devastation caused by the recent floods in Baluchistan is widespread, with hundreds of homes destroyed, thousands of people displaced, and over one hundred people killed. The floods have also damaged infrastructure such as roads and railway tracks, and have wreaked havoc on local crops. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that many of the affected areas are remote and difficult to access. This has made it challenging for relief efforts to reach those who need it most. In the wake of this disaster, it is clear that the people of Baluchistan will need significant assistance in order to rebuild their lives and their community.

More than 120 people have lost their lives in torrential rains that have wreaked havoc in Baluchistan province. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the province Saturday to oversee relief efforts.

Some 6,000 houses have been destroyed and over 10,000 partially damaged. The rains have also caused widespread damage to crops and infrastructure. Baluchistan is Pakistan’s largest but least developed province, and the monsoon rains pose a serious challenge to the already fragile economy.

The death toll is expected to rise as many people are still missing. Rescue teams are working around the clock to reach those affected by the floods. The government has announced a package of emergency assistance for the victims, and appeals for international help have been made.

In the wake of the devastating rains that have wreaked havoc across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan has formed a committee of federal ministers to visit the affected areas and submit a report within four days. Speaking to journalists during his own visit to the flood-hit regions, the prime minister announced a relief package of Rs1 million for the families of those who lost their lives in the floods, Rs500,000 for those whose houses were destroyed, and Rs200,000 for those whose homes were partially damaged. He added that the federal government’s committee would be working in close liaison with the provincial governments to carry out surveys and assessments, and that they would also remain in touch with Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. The prime minister’s swift response to this national crisis is commendable, and will no doubt bring much-needed relief to the many thousands of people who have been affected by the floods.

As the premier said, the committee’s meeting has been called on August 3 in Islamabad. He admitted that the rains have killed 124 in Baluchistan, as he took an aerial view of flood-affected areas of Baluchistan. The prime minister was briefed about damages caused by heavy rains and floods, and he was also briefed on ongoing relief activities in the affected areas. The prime minister later visited Jhal Magsi and met the flood-affected people in Shambani. He directed provision of medicines and the establishment of a relief camp beside the deployment of a veterinary doctor for the treatment of cattle in affected areas. As the premier said, the committee’s meeting has been called on August 3 in Islamabad, admitting that the rains have killed 124 in Baluchistan, while taking an aerial view of flood-affected areas of Baluchistan. He was briefed about damages caused by heavy rains and floods, as well as briefed on ongoing relief activities in the affected areas. Later, the prime minister visited Jhal Magsi and met with flood-affected people in Shambani. Directing provision of medicines and the establishment of a relief camp beside the deployment of a veterinary doctor for treatment of cattle in affected areas.

As the floodwaters began to recede in Jacobabad, the prime minister was briefed on the relief activities that have been underway. Pakistan Navy helicopters have been undertaking multiple hops to airdrop rations near people who are trapped in their homes. In addition to the navy, the provincial government, district administration, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), PAF, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan Army, and Frontier Corps are also engaged in rescue and relief operations. The prime minister was updated on the progress of these efforts and directed that all necessary measures be taken to ensure the safety of those affected by the floods. He also praised the response of the agencies involved in the relief efforts and assured them of full support from the government.

As the rains continue in Baluchistan, the Chief Minister has been working to ensure that relief efforts are well coordinated. He has been in contact with the Chief Ministers of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ensure that they are aware of the situation and that assistance is being provided where needed. The Meteorological Department has forecast more rains in the coming days, and the Chief Minister has directed the relevant authorities to take all necessary measures to protect life and property. He has also announced a relief package for those affected by the floods, and has assured that all possible effort will be made to provide assistance to those in need. In this time of crisis, the Chief Minister is committed to doing everything possible to help those affected by the floods.

The recent spell of monsoon rains has caused devastation in parts of Baluchistan and Mardan. Two dams, Jara and Tabina, collapsed in Toba Achakzai of Toba Kakar range of mountains, leading to a flood that wiped out cattle, crops and farmlands in the affected areas. In Mardan, a woman and two children died while three others were injured in rain-related incidents. The house of Mohammad Arif collapsed at Chakaro Pul Muslimabad during a wedding ceremony. A woman, and two boys identified as Asif, 6, and Anas, 2, died while Haris, 10, Mohammad Zahir, 60, and Waris, 10, were injured. It has been raining in Mardan for the last two days. The recent spell of monsoon rains has caused devastation in parts of Baluchistan and Mardan. Two dams, Jara and Tabina, collapsed in Toba Achakzai of Toba Kakar range of mountains, leading to a flood that wiped out cattle, crops and farmlands in the affected areas. In Mardan, a woman and two children died while three others were injured in rain-related incidents. The house of Mohammad Arif collapsed at Chakaro Pul Muslimabad during a wedding ceremony. A woman, and two boys identified as Asif, 6, and Anas, 2, died while Haris.

According to reports, a seven-year-old child was buried alive and his mother sustained injuries when their house collapsed in the Argoshal area of Dodial in Mansehra district. The flash floods in the Kunhar River, Seran River, Indus River and streams swallowed with the start of rains in the division are still overflowing with flooding damaging crops and structures on riversides. In Charsadda, the floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains destroyed several houses and government buildings and damaged standing crops and fruit orchards while the rivers flowing in the district were in high flood in Charsadda on the second consecutive day on Saturday. The district administration along with other relevant departments was carrying out rescue and relief activities to facilitate the flood affectees.

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