Pre-monsoon rains have wreaked havoc in several parts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to provincial disaster control officials, rain floods destroyed plants and houses and left scores of people dead and injured.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said in a statement today that a street connecting the neighborhood with Quetta in the sonari location of Kohlu in Balochistan was swept away in the floodwaters and several bridges collapsed.
Rain floods washed away power poles in Kohlu and destroyed plants in Barkhan. The PDMA said that heavy rains were continuing in Kohlu, Ziarat, Quetta, Sherani and Zhob.
It further said that thunderstorms and strong winds were forecast in Sibi, Ziarat, Quetta, Kalat and Khuzdar. In Sibi, the PDMA said four women and a man were killed Sunday when a tornado swept away a truck.
According to Levies, the tragedy occurred when the truck tried to sink into the Beji River, despite heavy Rain floods. The truck struck about 25 people and their livestock, including Bahadur Khan, an eyewitness who was injured in the crash.
Citing the Met Office, the PDMA said in a statement that the current spell of pre-monsoon rains in Balochistan has turned into a forecast to continue till tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority (KPDMA) on Monday released a file stating that three children were injured in rain floods-related incidents in the province during the last 24 hours.
According to the file, the children were injured when the roof of a residence collapsed due to heavy rain floods inside the Dera Ismail Khan area of the province. In addition, 3 cattle were killed in the incident, the file said.
On Monday, the PDMA said that the direction of rivers within the province has changed on a daily basis. Moreover, the power plant broke down.
The PDMA further said that the main Swat-Shangal road at Alpari in Shangla district, apart from kalkot Daba Road, was closed on Sunday and Monday due to landslides, but later cleared.
Earlier, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued a statement on Monday and Wednesday announcing a series of new rain floods trigger landslides in sensitive areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galiya, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan under the effects of a new climate system.
This precaution has been expressed by the Minister in a statement which still contains instructions to the applicable federal and provincial departments to take steps to deal with disasters of any capacity.
The announcement said that instructions have been issued to mobilize resources and make contingency plans at the district level to deal with possible rain floods.
In the statement, Rehman advised about the possible dangers due to torrential rains, especially in urban areas, and said that Pakistan is likely to witness rains in the current monsoon season at least till August.