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Armed forces save hundreds

The armed forces of Pakistan carried out relief operations in Balochistan following the devastation caused by a cyclone, and helped save hundreds of lives, an ISPR spokesman said on Wednesday.

The spokesman said Frontier Corps jawans evacuated 4,500 people from Mulaband to Singar in Gwadar district and Frontier Corps troops, in another operation, evacuated 250 people who had been stranded in the flooded areas of Turbat.

“Relief efforts are still continuing at full pace…and the army is trying to rescue other marooned people in small villages. In addition, an infantry battalion stationed at Gwadar is also carrying out rescue and relief operations in their area,” the spokesman added.

He said there were 11 Army MI-17 and Bell helicopters — six at Quetta, four at Multan and one at Sukkur — ready to be dispatched to the disaster areas with relief goods and medical support as soon as the weather cleared. Two C-130 PAF aircraft are ready in Rawalpindi as well, he added.d.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Navy carried out a wide-scale search and rescue operation for a second day. The spokesman said the focus of the operation had shifted from the open sea to Balochistan’s coastal strip on the second day. He said navy ships, helicopters and Fokker aircraft were being used in the operation and were rescuing marooned people and providing food and medicines to 350 people at Agore near Karachi.

“The navy’s search and rescue operation saved 98 people’s lives on the high seas on Tuesday,” he added. FWO construction teams have been sent to rehabilitate and repair the coastal highway that has been extensively damaged, with many bridges completely washed away, he added.

He said the situation at Mirani Dam was critical, as the water was flowing much higher than the critical level. He said army engineers are ready to breach the bund if required to save the dam.
Sorce: Daily Times

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