Syed Ali Shah, Manan Mandokhail:
Torrential rains played havoc in Quetta on Monday evening. At least five people were killed and over a dozen injured as Quetta and other parts of Balochistan received heavy rainfall. Quetta received torrential rain, which severely affected routine life. “Rains-related incidents killed five people in Quetta”, Naseer Ahmed Nasar, the Director-General of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said. The incident happened when a mud-walled house collapsed in the Link Badini Road Quetta. “Two women are also among the dead”, Mr. Nasar informed. ٖ
Four coal miners swept away in the river were rescued by levies
Four coal miners have swept away in the Mach Bolan river. However, rescue workers and levies force rescued all the miners, a senior administration official told Daily Quetta Voice. He requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Deputy Commissioner Bolan, Muhammad Imran Bangulzai imposed on all kinds of traffic on Quetta Sibi highway after heavy rainfall and floods in the Mach river.
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“Two women are also among the dead”, Mr. Nasar informed.
The Balochistan government has put all departments on high alert to cope with the situation in the aftermath of heavy rainfall in Quetta and other parts of the province. Quetta city received heavy rain for more than one hour, which inundated all roads and streets of the provincial capital.
Rainfall has also damaged over 300 mud-walled in Sariab, Customs, Pashtoonabad, Nawan Killi, and other neighborhoods of Quetta. “Our teams are engaged in hectic efforts to support the affected people”, Muhamamd Faisal Panezai, the Director of the PDMA said.
Citizens suffered because of unannounced load shedding
Citizens of Quetta suffered more than six hours of load shedding because of the rainfall. “Our teams are continuously working to address the power supply issue”, the Spokesman of Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) said.
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Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Quddus Bizenjo took notice of the rainfall and the death of five people and directed the concerned quarters to expedite their efforts to support the people affected by rainfall. “The administration and PDMA officials should reach all affected areas”, Mr. Bizenjo said in a statement issued after rains-related incidents across Balochistan.
DC Quetta visited affected areas
Deputy Commissioner Quetta, Mir Shehak Baloch and other administration officials reached Link Badini Road and other affected areas to support the rains-affected people.
Besides Quetta, Khuzdar, Harnai, Kohlu, Barkah, Pishin, Killa Abdullah and other parts of Balochistan have also received heavy rainfall. The Balochistan government has also directed the deputy commissioners of the concerned districts to remain vigilant to tackle any emergency situation.