18 died due to incessant rain in the country

(Clockwise from left) A train passes through water which floods the tracks near Faisalabad; Rescue officials evacuated a family from Surjani Town in Karachi after their neighborhood was flooded with sewage-laden rainwater; And, a huge sinkhole appeared near Bahawalpur General Bus Stand after heavy rains lashed the city on Monday.—APP / PPI

• 11 people are reported dead in Karachi, as fresh rains bring trouble to citizens
• Four killed, three washed away including Hub Bridge in Balochistan
• Army, rescue teams on high alert in Pindi

Quetta/Karachi: As authorities scrambled to mitigate the effects of torrential rains that inundated cities and led to flash floods across the country, at least 18 more people were flooded, which broke through bridges and The submerged houses and markets were washed away. ,

Due to incessant rains and subsequent water logging, protests erupted in several areas of Sindh against administration officials for hours of power outages and water logging in residential areas as they complained that officials were nowhere to be found.

Like the weekend, Monday was also painful for the citizens of Karachi. Although the latest phase of the current monsoon season in Karachi had weakened, it claimed 11 more lives in a single day: five people were killed and six drowned by electric shocks.

Although several major roads were cleared by the administration after hours of toil in the city by sea, life remained miserable in many low-lying areas, residential areas, housing societies and commercial centres, which were affected by the floods.

The rain, which started early on Sunday, continued till 10 am with a continuous break and by the first fortnight of the day, the city had received up to 204 mm of rain.

The Meteorological Department said that though the system took a break on Tuesday, it is likely to persist for at least two more days.

“The system is very heavy. Analysis of the latest data shows that the rains will continue for the next two days. We may see moderate to heavy rains in Karachi and lower Sindh areas till the end of July 27,” said Sardar Sarfaraz of the Met Office Told.

Monday was already declared due to heavy rain Holiday For citizens of Karachi and Hyderabad.

The death of a 20-year-old man has been reported in village Bakar Nizamani of Tando Mohammad Khan district in Hyderabad.

Two persons were killed and 10 others were injured in rain-related incidents at Dadu and Khairpur Mir.

In villages in the coastal districts of Thatta and Sujaval, large tracts of land were submerged as roads flooded and standing crops submerged. The deluge also suspended traffic between Karachi and Badin as water had accumulated on the national highway passing through Thatta district.

The Frontier Works Organization (FWO) and the Highways Authority managed to open a track to traffic after long efforts to restore the flow of traffic. According to official information, Thatta district has received 220 mm of rain this season.

In the coastal taluks of Ghorabari and Mirpur Sakro, hundreds of acres of agricultural land were submerged after a river flowed due to rain. The water level of Keonjhar lake has also increased due to the rains.

With water logging in many parts of the district, people from Thatta, Ketibandar, Ghorabari and other areas of the beach gathered on the national highway to protest the suspension of electricity and floods in the areas.

Dadu presented a picture of a canal submerged in 3 feet of water in his streets. The water logging resulted in power outages, leading to shortage of potable water in the city. The towns of Meher, Khairpur Nathan Shah and Johi in the district also presented a similar picture.

Due to incessant torrential downpours, rainwater could not be drawn in the towns of Jamshoro, Kotri, Sann and Bhan in Syedabad, where low-lying areas were inundated.

Various parts of Shaheed Benazirabad district, including the towns of Nawabshah, Daur, Daulatpur, Bandhi, Sakarand and Qazi Ahmed, received heavy rains on Monday.

Rawalpindi: A police mobile phone struggles to deal with rainwater that has accumulated after heavy rains in the city.—APP

Balochistan

The third round of monsoon rains wreaked havoc in various parts of Balochistan, washed away at least two bridges on the Quetta-Karachi national highway – Landa Dora near Bela and Uthal’s Danda area – and resulted in the death of four people at Khujdar and Lasbela. Death happened. ,

In addition, a part of the Hub Bridge, which connects Sindh and Balochistan, was washed away in heavy floods late on Monday, cutting off Hub from Karachi.

A senior official of the local administration confirmed to Dawn, “A 4 km stretch of the highway connecting Quetta to Karachi has been submerged due to the floods.” He told that in Jam Colony of Bela area, a child died due to drowning, while another person died. Two more people died when the roof collapsed in Khujdar’s Wadh tehsil.

Sibi district officials said that although the rains have stopped for the past two days, the rivers passing through Sibi are still facing high floods as their catchment areas are receiving heavy rains in Ziarat, Harnai, Lorelai and Qila Saifullah districts. .

Heavy rains have also been reported in Bolan and Nasirabad districts.

The Bolan river in Kutchi district was also carrying flood waters, which put pressure on the Quetta-Sukkur highway near Dhadar area, disrupting traffic on the highway for at least 10 hours.

“There are also reports of landslides in some areas of Bolan Pass due to heavy rains on the hills,” official sources said. He said the boulders were removed from the road and traffic was restored.

Similarly, the Hub dam was receiving heavy rains due to heavy rains in the catchment areas of the dam in the last 24 hours. The spillway was seen overflowing when the dam was releasing more than 150,000 cusecs of water into the Hub River.

Punjab

According to Faisal Farid, Director General, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Punjab has received 150 percent more rainfall than the previous monsoon so far. He, however, ruled out the possibility of floods in the state.

Meanwhile, parts of Rawalpindi were submerged and properties worth lakhs destroyed as rain water entered shops and houses. The Leh Nala rose to 15 feet on the Gowalmandi and Katarian bridges.

Light to heavy rains forced the local administration to turn on flood sirens as a warning signal for those living along the creek to move to safer places.

The army was put on alert and the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), Rescue 1122, the Department of Civil Defense and the Department of Health called their officers to deal with any emergency. “The army was not called in but was kept on alert to deal with any emergency,” Deputy Commissioner Tahir Farooq told Dawn.

Downtown, motorcycles and cars submerged in rainwater are parked on the main roads of Mochi Bazar, Bohar Bazar, Sadiqabad and Jamia Masjid Road.

In other parts of Punjab, at least 22 villages of Rajanpur and 13 villages of Mianwali districts were flooded due to rain in the hilly areas of Suleman range, the PDMA said.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Meanwhile, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, more than 260 people were rescued from low-lying villages along the Kabul river when the river intensified and entered several areas late on Sunday and Monday.

On the other hand, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) also issued a low to moderate flood alert for the districts of Haripur, Swabi and Nowshera districts in anticipation of the opening of the Tarbela Dam spillway.

Rescue 1122 spokesman Bilal Ahmad Faizi said water from the river entered homes in Wazir Fort, Bela Mohmandan, Parchawe and Shah Alam Bridge. He said that a total of 261 people, including 225 people from Bela Mohmandan area, have been rescued. Also on Monday, 36 other people were rescued from Shah Alam area in the light of flood in the river.

Mohammad Hussain Khan in Hyderabad, Imtiaz Ali in Karachi, Amir Yasin in Rawalpindi, Qurban Ali Khushik in Dadu and Ghulam Hussain Khawaja of Thatta also contributed to this report.

Published in Dawn, July 26, 2022