Rescue efforts are happening after heavy rain and floods cause damage in KP, Balochistan, and GB

Rescue and relief operations were in full swing across Pakistan on Tuesday as heavy rain and snowfall wreaked havoc in parts of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The inclement weather has taken its toll on the country in recent weeks. At least 40 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in KP, while floods displaced hundreds in Balochistan. In GB, landslides blocked major arteries.

In response, provincial authorities remained on high alert, swiftly deploying assistance to affected areas.

Today, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited Gwadar, which bore the brunt of the calamity with massive floods triggered by torrential rains. He announced a compensation package for those affected. Accompanied by Balochistan Chief Minister Sarfraz Bugti and other officials, the prime minister interacted with locals and received updates on relief efforts.

Addressing the media later, PM Shehbaz stated that Rs0.75 million would be provided to those whose homes were completely destroyed, while Rs0.3 million would be allocated for repairing partially damaged houses. He assured that compensation would be distributed within the next four days with the assistance of national and provincial disaster management authorities. Additionally, 7,000 ration bags would be distributed in flood-affected areas starting tomorrow.

The PM also announced Rs2 million compensation for families who lost loved ones and Rs0.5 million for the injured, underscoring the government’s commitment to supporting affected families.

Meanwhile, Gwadar Development Authority Director General Dawood Khilji reported that 80 percent of rainwater in the city had been drained.

In KP, the death toll from rain-related incidents rose to 40, with 62 injuries reported. 80 houses were completely destroyed, and 555 suffered partial damage. Relief items such as tents, food, and blankets were provided to affected families across 14 districts.

Elsewhere, the GB government grappled with a shortage of petroleum products, impacting transportation in the region. The closure of the Karakoram Highway led to increased prices of vegetables and fruits in GB.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department forecasted more rains, particularly in Balochistan, and predicted light snowfall in mountainous areas.

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