KARACHI, PESHAWAR, (SANA): The death toll from flash floods and heavy rains across Pakistan mounted to 70 over the past 24 hours, as torrential downpours inundated the financial hub of Karachi and the country’s northwest.
Reports said 23 people were killed in rain and flood related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 24 in Karachi, 7 in Balochistan and more than six died in Punjab.
Extensive property damage was reported from the KPK province and residents in many areas were forced to leave homes inundated by rainwater.
Army was called out to support relief work in Karachi, where 24 people have so died. Residents were complaining of no electricity. Overflowing gutters and flooded roads and underpasses caused traffic jams in several areas.
More than 300 KESC feeders tripped, causing massive power outage in large area of the metropolis.
Met Department has predicted intermittent rain during next 24 hours in Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpur Khas Division. According to the Flood Forecasting Division, the mighty Indus, Jehlum and Chenab are in medium flood.
Reports said the heavy rain, which started on Saturday morning, trigged flash floods in various localities of Karachi, including Sadi Town, Surjani Town, Gadap Town, Safoora Goth, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Amroha Society where floodwater entered houses late on Saturday. The flash floods submerged many link roads.
Korangi Crossing road was inundated due to flooding in Malir Rriver. The main Shahrahe Pakistan in Liaqatabad area also came under water. A road connecting National High with Landhi area was also flooded.
Rain emergency has been declared in the city. Army and navy personnel were the affectees to safer places. Three children were droned in Nullah in Kunwari Colony in Karachi; meanwhile the dead bodies of children have been rescued. One person was electrocuted in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Three persons including mother, son and daughter were killed in the result of roof collapse in PIA society in Gulistan-e-Jauhar No-09. One person was electrocuted near Azizabad United Ground. One dead body was recovered from the rain water in Maripur Machar Colony. One person was electrocuted in Bafar Zone Bangali Para. One person was electrocuted in Sadi Town area of the city.
A vast area of Balochistan came under flood water after heavy rain in various districts of Balochistan. In Sibi‚ a high level flood is continuing at Narhi River. An emergency cell has been established at the office of Commissioner Sibi.
Low lying areas came under flood water in Jhal Magsi. Balochistan government has dispatched rescue teams to the area.
Heavy rains hit Jhal Magsi and its adjacent areas on Friday. The rain and flood water entered tehsil Gandhawa and Kotra inundating Khari, Patri, Qazi Ismail and other areas.
Due to stagnant rain and flood waters, the roads that link Jhal Magsi and Gadhawa with rest of the province have been cut off as a result relief and rescue teams have yet to arrive to help the affected people.
People are facing food and potable water shortage. Cut in power supply have added the miseries of masses. Four persons were killed and two others injured in the result of roof collapse incident in Nal area of Khuzdar. Five dead bodies of women were recovered from Sorab Lake. Three women were killed when a vehicle was swept away in Gokhran area of Turbat.
Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) has recorded low and medium flood at some places in River Indus, Kabul and Ravi.
According to FFD, due to heavy rain in upper and other parts of the country water level has increased in the rivers. It said the medium flood has been recorded at Chashma in Indus River and at Nowshera in Kabul River.
The Indus River was flowing in low flood at Tarbela, Kalabagh, Tonsa, Guddu and Sukkur while Ravi at Shahdara.
Meanwhile, medium to high flood has been forecast in Indus and Kabul rivers at Kalabagh, Chashma and Nowshera respectively during next 24 hours.
Flooding in Nullah Daik has cut off more than fourteen villages from the rest of the province. Roofs of several villages have been collapsed while the temporary bridge, joining the villages to the main city has also been destroyed and washed away.
Residents are facing epidemics due to stagnant water besides shortage of food and absence of medical aid and shelter.
According to details, fourteen villages were still submerged under four to six feet of water causing delay in relief activities and also resulting in breakout of waterborne diseases.
Stagnant water in several villages including Musad Gagh, Chak Machana, Panjgrain, Kheivan, Cheema, Mian Harpal, and Bangey was serving as nurseries for the outbreak of epidemics like Gastroenteritis, diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases.
The flood affectees have demanded the federal and provincial governments and non-governmental organizations for taking steps for provision of food, shelter, medical facilities in the devastated areas to end the miseries and sufferings of affected population. They also demanded to setup relief camps and take stern action against irresponsible admin.