Pak death toll from monsoon rains, floods reach 320, PM visits hardest hit Balochistan – Times of India


KARACHI: Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has visited the flood-ravaged Balochistan province and assured the affected people all possible assistance in their rescue and rehabilitation as the death toll from monsoon rains and flash floods across the country reached 320 on Sunday.
Balochistan province has been hardest hit by the heavy rains and flash floods and has recorded 127 deaths so far.
Prime Minister Sharif, speaking to the media after visiting Quetta on Saturday, announced compensation packages for those killed or displaced during the heavy monsoon rains and flash floods that have swept across Pakistan over the past five weeks.
Since mid-June, monsoon rains have caused swollen rivers and damaged highways and bridges, disrupting traffic across the country.
Sharif said about 13,000 homes have been completely destroyed or partially damaged in Balochistan, where the death toll has been highest, followed by Sindh, which includes Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, where about 70 people have died in rain-related incidents in five weeks.
About 60 people have also been killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and another 50 in Punjab, according to the National and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).
Shahbaz Sharif visited the areas most affected by the rain-induced flooding and met the affected people, promising them all possible assistance from the federal and provincial governments, including compensation packages of one million rupees for each victim.
Naseer Ahmed Nasar, the director general of the PDMA in Balochistan, said there had been 127 fatalities across the province as of Saturday.
He said rescuers found 11 more bodies in Balochistan’s Noshki, Lasbela, Chaghi and Zhob districts.
“We know that 46 children and 32 women are also among the dead,” he added.
The Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps and PDMA rescue workers conducted rescue and relief operations in all flood-affected parts of Balochistan.
Thousands of stranded people in Balochistan’s Lasbela and Jhal Magsi districts have been rescued during the operation so far, while flooding has left some 13,000 mud-walled houses in Quetta, Pishin, Jaffarabad, KhuzdarKohlu, Barkhan, Lasbela and Jhal Magsi districts of Balochistan.
The floods also led to a halt to train service between Pakistan and Iran after several sections of track between the two countries were washed away.

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