Emergency Declared in Balochistan, as Floods Devastate Dozens of Districts

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Constant heavy rains have wreaked havoc in Balochistan, Pakistan, leading to widespread flooding and causing authorities to declare a state of emergency in approximately twelve districts. The meteorological department has issued a fresh warning of thundershowers in the upper and central regions of the country over the next three days, further intensifying concerns about the ongoing floods.

The situation has already turned dire, with one reported death in the Pishin area and hundreds of people left homeless as floodwaters engulf several villages

Toll on Transportation and Infrastructure

The flood’s devastating impact has also taken a toll on transportation and infrastructure. The road connecting Balochistan with Sindh remains inaccessible due to a flash flood that swept away the causeway near Pinjra Bridge in Bolan district.

Among the districts affected by the floods and where the state of emergency has been declared are Ziarat, Qila Saifullah, Harnai, Sanjavi, Qila Abdullah, Kharan, Panjgur, Pishin, and Zhob.

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The province’s northern, central, and eastern districts have been continuously battered by heavy downpours, exacerbating the situation.

In response to the devastating impact on life and property, Chief Minister Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo has taken prompt action, announcing the immediate release of Rs150 million for relief operations.

Emergency declared and General Qadir Baloch paints a grim Picture

Reports from Panjgur and Kharan paint a grim picture, with torrential monsoon rains causing severe flooding in these regions’ main towns and villages. PPP leader Gen (Retd) Qadir Baloch highlighted the dire condition of the western part of Kharan town, where complete destruction has left no inhabitable house.

The situation becomes more alarming as all dams have reached their full capacity and floodwaters are spilling over. Officials are concerned about the dams’ structural integrity if the rains continue.

The floods have disrupted communication and transportation routes, with landslides cutting off areas like Kohlu. In Qila Saifullah, roads connecting the district with others have been washed away.

Mirani Dam in Makran’s Kech area has also reached its capacity, opening spillways to release the excess water. Similarly, the continuous inflow of water from catchment areas due to persistent rains has created hurdles in restoring road links, such as between Hub Town and Karachi.

The situation is further exacerbated by the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s warning of more rain and thundershowers in the upper and central parts of the country from July 27 to 30. This could escalate the flooding concerns.

Rising water levels

Major rivers like the Indus, Chenab, Ravi, and Sutlej have witnessed rising water levels, and there have been reports of low to medium-level flooding in various regions.

In the Indus, low-level flooding has been observed at Tarbela, Kalabagh, and Chashma, while the inflow and outflow at Taunsa reached a moderate flood level. Sutlej is also experiencing medium-level flooding at Sulaimanki, with significant cusecs recorded both upstream and downstream. The river Chenab’s water level at Marala has risen significantly, further adding to the flooding concerns.

The situation has led to extensive inundation of various areas, causing damage to homes, crops, and infrastructure and forcing residents to seek safer places along with their livestock. Particularly worrisome is the situation in Nankana Sahib, where floodwaters have caused havoc, damaging numerous buildings and leaving residents stranded due to submerged land routes.

PDMA Director General Imran Qureshi has also warned about Indian dams on the Beas and Sutlej rivers nearing capacity. If water levels continue to rise, it could result in further water being released into Pakistan, exacerbating the flood situation.

Authorities and relief agencies are working tirelessly to respond to the emergency and provide aid to the affected communities. The situation remains critical, and continuous monitoring and support are vital to mitigate the impact of the ongoing floods in Balochistan.

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