Seven killed after torrential rains lash Balochistan
QUETTA: At least seven people were killed on Wednesday after torrential rains and snowfall lashed Quetta and several parts of Balochistan, ARY News reported.
In Zhob, five people were killed and two injured when their car was washed down in the rain. In Chaman, a bedouin family was stranded after an increase in level of the Syed Hameed stream. Twelve houses were also washed away in Toba Ackazai.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri has taken notice of the incidents and ordered to dispatch relief and rescue operation in the affected districts.
The provincial government has sent supplies and 9500 tents, 6500 blankets, 4500 plastic sheets, 5500 sleeping bags, 8500 sheets and 7500 packets of edible items have been distributed.
Zehri ordered that the relief operations should be expanded to the remote areas and that the items be distributed to deserving people and utmost transparency should be ensured.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department said a strong westerly wave is prevailing over the country which is expected to produce more rains and snowfall in the country till Thursday.
It said that intermittent snowfall is likely over Azad Kashmir, while heavy snowfall is also expected in several parts of Giligit-Baltiistan.
There was heavy snowfall in Skardu which witnessed the lowest temperature of minus seven across the country. The road link of Skardu has been cut off from the region and tourists are warned from going to the city.