77 lives lost in Monsoon rains in Pakistan

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As dozens of deaths were reported, the Balochistan government imposed a state of emergency in the provincial capital…reports Asian Lite News

Pakistan Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman on Wednesday said current monsoon rainfall has claimed 77 lives, with the highest 39 deaths reported from Balochistan province.

Addressing a press conference, the minister said, “The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has prepared a national monsoon contingency plan.”

Hundreds of homes were destroyed due to heavy rainfall, Geo News reported.

Terming the deaths in rain-related incidents a national tragedy, he said, “We need a comprehensive plan to avert these fatalities.”

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted rainfall till July 8.

Intermittent moderate rain-thunderstorms – isolated heavy falls at sometimes – were expected in Tharparkar, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Thatta, Hyderabad, and Tando Allayar till July 8.

Rainfall is also likely in Tando Muhammad Khan, Jamshoro, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Dadu, Noshero Feroz, Qambar Shahdadkot, Larkana, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Sukkur districts, and Karachi.

As dozens of deaths were reported, the Balochistan government imposed a state of emergency in the provincial capital.

Twenty-five people were killed in separate rain-related accidents in Balochistan province, the director-general of the provincial disaster management authority (PDMA) has said.

The torrential rains started lashing various districts of the province on Monday and the downpour has continued, resulting in a number of accidents. The provincial capital Quetta declared a calamity-hit area after eight people including kids died in the rain-triggered accidents, Xinhua news agency reported.

Director-General Naseer Ahmad Nasar said that over 200 houses were damaged and about 2,000 animals perished in heavy rains.

He said that the heavy downpour also caused flash-flooding in large water drainage and inundated several low-lying areas.

He added that over 40 people were injured in the rains and the critically wounded people were being treated in various hospitals in the province.

According to local media reports, several people including five coal mine laborers, a shepherd with his cattle, and two kids were swept away by flash floods in the province.

Rescue and relief operation is underway in the province, with the district administration distributing food items and other necessities to rain-affected families.

The monsoon rains are expected to continue till Thursday in various districts of the province, according to the PDMA.

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