QUETTA: Children continue to face the brunt of floods as their death toll in rains-related incidents rose to 75 across Balochistan on Thursday. The death toll in rains-related incidents rose to 256 as per the statistics shared by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).
“Death ratio of children is high in Balochistan”, Naseer Ahmed Nasar, the Director-General of PDMA said. He said merciless floods swept away children playing on streets and on waterways and some of them died below the rubbles of their collapsed houses.
Most of the deaths of the children were recorded in Quetta, Pishin, Bolan, Killa Abdullah, Loralai, and Killa Saifullah. “Parents have also to be very careful”, Mr. Nasar said.
Parents went through dumb agony
In some cases, the hapless parents were to go through dumb agony for the recovery of the dead bodies of their beloved children. In Quetta’s Sariab Road area, a 9-year-old boy was swept away by floods, and a brave man Mir Balach Nowsherwani jumped into the floods and sacrificed his life for the recovery of a minor.
Rescue workers retrieved the dead bodies of Balach and the minor boy after a 14-hours rescue operation. Two children went missing in flash floods unleashed by torrential rains in Balochistan’s Pishin district. People of the area retrieved the dead bodies after 48 hours.
“Women and children are vulnerable to the floods”
“Women and children are vulnerable to the floods”, Wadood Tareen, the Chief of a non-governmental organization (NGO) working on children’s rights said. He however stated that parents too have to show responsibility when it comes to the safety and security of children.
Floods and heavy rainfall have also paralyzed routine life in Balochistan, Pakistan’s resource-rich but least developed province. The province remained disconnected with the rest of the country for the last one week.