At least five people drowned while 49 others were rescued as flash floods engendered by monsoon downpour hit Balochistan’s Harnai district over the weekend. The floods also swept away vehicles. Five cars have been recovered so far, the district’s administration said.
Rains also caused flooding in canals in Uthal, a city in Balochistan’s Lasbela District. Flood waters submerged nearby villages, forcing residents to migrate to safety. The flood waters also interrupted traffic on the Uthal-Lakhra road.
Meanwhile, flood water from nearby mountains caused severe flooding in Dadu’s Gaj River. The river’s water level heightened to 18 feet (maximum level is 27 ft).
The Johi-Wahi Paandi Road was inundated at two places, because of which nearby villages including Drigh Bala and Gorakh hill station lost land communication with Johi.
Flooding in the Gaj river is also likely to lift water level of Lake Manchar.
Persistent rains would help fill the Hub dam. According to the dam’s administration, the water level increased by 18 ft to reach 292.2 ft while the total capacity of the dam was 339 ft, after which the water from the dam would overflow.
On the bright side, Karachi has been able to stock up on water for a year’s needs, experts claimed.
Following two days of rains in Karachi, water still stagnated on the roads in several parts of the metropolis and many areas are still without electricity.
Light rain has been forecast in Karachi for today. Interior Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Qalat, Sibi, Naseerabad, Quetta, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir are expected to get rain as well.
At least 21 people have died in separate rain-related incidents in Karachi and interior Sindh since Friday evening. It also left 50 percent of Karachi in darkness, as around 250 feeders of K-Electric of a total of 1400 were tripped.
Rescue and government officials said around 14 deaths were reported in Karachi from electrocution or roof collapse incidents in low-lying areas while another seven were killed in Badin, Mithi and Thatta in interior Sindh.
The showers also resulted in massive traffic jams and gridlocks in various parts of the city. -INP