File Photo: Floods damaged this school in interior Balochistan: Photo provided by UNICEF

Behram Baloch:

GWADAR: The coastal city of Gwadar submerged following heavy rainfall spanning over 16 hours, resulting in a deluge that inundated the streets with waters reaching an alarming depth of six to seven feet.

The downpour wreaked havoc on the city’s infrastructure, paralyzing the already strained sewerage system and leaving its inhabitants grappling with the harsh reality of a paralyzed existence.

“We demand the government to ensure the launching of an immediate rescue operation”, Senator Khoda Babar of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) said. Mr. Babar said a large number of people were stranded and shelterless in the port city of the country.

The once bustling streets now resemble waterways as boats, intended for leisurely rides, now lie sunken reminders of the city’s plight. Adding to the woes, the city plunged into darkness as the torrential rains disrupted the power supply, further exacerbating the crisis.

Tragically, the fury of nature claimed seven houses, their structures unable to withstand the force of the inundation. Maulana Hidayat ur Rehman, a member of the provincial assembly, described the situation as one of utter paralysis, with residents left shelterless and helpless amidst the chaos.

In response to the crisis, a frantic rescue operation is underway, striving to provide relief to the beleaguered populace and restore a semblance of normalcy to the inundated city.

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