Fifteen people died in Chaman, AJK due to ongoing rain

Seven more fatalities have been reported in Balochistan due to accidents, as heavy rains continue to wreak havoc across the province.

The death toll has now reached 17, with 15 individuals sustaining injuries from incidents such as roof collapses, lightning strikes, and other mishaps since the onset of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms last week.

In separate incidents, eight individuals lost their lives as rainfall persisted in various areas of Azad Kashmir.

The latest fatalities in Balochistan occurred in the border town of Chaman on Thursday. Chaman Deputy Commissioner Athar Abbas Raja reported that the victims, including four women and two children, were traveling in a car swept away by a flash flood.

The heavy rainfall triggered flash floods, causing significant damage to mud houses and roads. Chaman has been isolated from other areas of Balochistan, disrupting transit trade with Afghanistan. Rail services between Quetta and Chaman have been suspended due to damage to the railway track, with another track affected in the Sibi-Harnai section, halting services between Sibi and Harnai.

Harnai district in the northeast, experiencing heavy rain and thunderstorms for several days, has been cut off from Quetta and other areas due to washed-out link roads.

Additionally, the coastal highway bridge collapse between Ormara and Basool has severed the link between Makran division and Karachi.

The burst of the Pado Dam in Chaman has led to extensive destruction in the town, flooding human settlements and damaging houses. Flash floods also swept away eight cars in a showroom at Chaman Bypass.

Life in Chaman has come to a standstill, with all roads inundated due to urban flooding. Rescue operations by Frontier Corps, Levies, and local administration are underway, with stranded families being relocated to safer areas.

Similar devastation has been reported in other regions, including Ormara, Pasni, Jewani, Ziarat, Loralai, Musakhail, Barkhan, Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Sibi, Bolan, Noshki, Dalbandin, Washuk, Panjgur, and areas bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

In separate incidents, seven people were killed and 14 injured when a coach skidded off a slippery road near Moiyan Khakheyan in AJK during heavy rain. Another individual lost his life in a landslide along the Muzaffarabad-Mansehra road, prompting calls for the construction of a tunnel.

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