QUETTA: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has said in a statement that no death or financial loss was reported in flood-hit Balochistan in 24 hours۔
The PDMA report stated that 176 deaths were reported in Balochistan from June 1 till today after the disastrous rains and flood situation. A large number of women and children were included among the deceased citizens, it added.
According to the PDMA, 77 men, 44 women and 55 children lost their lives in different rain-related incidents in Bolan, Zhob, Quetta, Khuzdar, Kohlu, Kech, Mastung, Harnai, Qila Saifullah, Sibi and Duki. 75 people got wounded during heavy rains.
Overall 18,087 houses were demolished and damaged, whereas, six roads were damaged covering 670 kilometres after rains. 16 bridges were collapse and 23,013 cattle were swept away in floods. The floods affected crops on 200,000 acres of land. The rains and floods also caused damages to solar plates, tube wells and boring across Balochistan.
On August 5, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had announced to impose emergency in areas hit by severe monsoon rains and floods, and ordered the finance ministry to issue Rs 5 billion to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for rescue and relief programs.
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s House, a state of emergency has been imposed in areas severely hit by floods and rains.
Additionally, the PM has ordered to form a joint committee of NDMA and PDMA to commence rescue and rehabilitation programs for the flood-affected people.
The PM ordered the Finance Ministry to issue Rs 5 billion for the rescue and relief programs, saying the programs are their utmost priority. We will have to think about the people in distress over our political conflicts, the PM added.
The committee formed by PM includes Ahsan Iqbal, Asad Mehmood, Abdul Wasay, Murtaza Javed, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Chairman NDMA and Secretary communications. The committee would hold its inaugural session today and formulate a coordination policy.