GWADAR: Over 28 villages of district Gwadar have been reportedly come under floodwater as a result of overflow in the Meerani dam after reaching dangerous level due to torrential rains and flash floods, the reports said.
The communication system has been completely paralyzed in the province as fiber optical cable was damaged in Othal, Winder and Bella.
Several people have been killed as a result of rain related incidents in various parts of Balochistan. The government has confirmed death of 11 people due to torrential rains and flash floods so far.
Meanwhile, Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Maj. Gen. Salim Nawaz said in a press conference that the losses caused by the cyclone Yemyin are as enormous as caused by earthquake in Northern Pakistan.
He said that the flash floods have inundated eight out of total 29 districts of the province of which four districts have badly been affected by devastating rains.
According to initial reports more than 0.5 million population of these areas are affected and 80,000 are displaced. So far 11 deaths have been reported.
He added that the rains badly damaged infrastructure and all the coastal areas are disconnected from rest of the province. Flood water has washed away large chunks of NHA, RCD and Coastal Highway on several points which has created big hurdle in the relief activities.
The IG FC maintained that the cyclone created unexpected low pressure in upper parts of the province after hitting coastal belt. As a result heavy rains caused disaster and made things worst in safe areas also.
He added that the inhabitants of several areas left the flood warnings unheeded which resulted in catastrophe.
Explaining the relief operations he said that four battalions of Pakistan Army and eight battalions of FC were active in different parts of the province.
On the directives of Gen. Ahsan Salim Hayat Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, who is in Turbat personally overseeing the relief operations the number of the troops is being increased to two infantry battalions, two engineering battalions and one medical battalion.
Moreover, eight helicopters and ten C130 airplanes of Pakistan Army are at service for relief activities.
To a question IG FC said that torrential rains have battered more than 50 percent of the total area and population of Balochistan causing damage worth several billion of rupees to property and cattle.
He appealed to the inhabitants of rain-affected areas to cooperate with the troops and other relief agencies in the time of misfortune.
Colonel Akhtar of ISPR said that the Balochistan Government would hold a daily press briefing at CM House from 5 pm to 6 pm in order to update media about relief activities.
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