Severe Rain Causes Chaos, Blocks Gwadar and Ormara from Karachi

Heavy rainfall wreaked havoc in Gwadar, Kech district, and various other regions of Balochistan, disrupting normal life and traffic on the Coastal Highway while isolating Gwadar and Ormara from Karachi and other parts of the province.

In response to the crisis, the Gwadar district administration declared a state of emergency in rain-affected areas, calling upon para-military forces to aid in rescue and relief efforts for affected individuals.

This rainfall marked the most severe spell in Gwadar district since 2010, triggered by a cyclone. Meteorological officials reported over 100mm of rainfall within a 12-hour period in the coastal district. Although no casualties have been reported from the rain-affected areas of Gwadar thus far, numerous mud houses experienced collapsed boundary walls and roofs in various localities.

The downpour, which commenced late Monday night, persisted for 12 hours without respite, resulting in urban flooding. Flash floods left hundreds homeless as floodwaters inundated residential and commercial areas, transforming Gwadar town’s roads into makeshift ponds.

Rahim Bakhsh, a resident of Mullah Band, described the dire situation: “Around four feet of floodwater accumulated in our houses, and we have no place even to sit.” He noted that Faqir Colony and several other localities also faced submersion due to floodwaters.

Many fishing boats along the coastline of Gwadar were destroyed or submerged in the sea. Moreover, numerous inter-district roads were washed away by floodwaters, severing connections between Gwadar, Turbat, and other areas with Karachi.

A segment of the coastal highway linking Gwadar port with Karachi and surrounding regions was washed away, exacerbating the isolation of Gwadar, Turbat, and other locales.

Additionally, the Akra Kaur Dam surpassed its capacity, prompting officials to open its spillways to release floodwater and safeguard the dam’s structure. Similarly, the Turbat-Mirani dam reached full capacity, necessitating the opening of its spillways. However, officials assured the public of the dams’ structural integrity and minimized threats to their stability.

In response to the crisis, Gwadar Deputy Commissioner Aurangzeb Badini, along with other officials, initiated rescue and relief operations in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, in Quetta, heavy rains persisted from Sunday night into Tuesday, resulting in the flooding of parts of the provincial capital. Settlements, particularly in slum areas, were inundated by rainwater, while a swollen stream posed threats to settlements on the city’s outskirts.

Reports from various parts of Balochistan indicated widespread devastation caused by rains in Zhob, Loralai, Pishin, Chaman, Qila Abdullah, Toba Achakzai, Ziarat, Duki, Qila Saifullah, Kalat, Mastung, Khuzdar, Sibi, Bolan, Lasbela, Nasirabad, Kachhi, Dalbandin, Taftan, Noshki, Gwadar, and numerous areas of the Makran division.

Additionally, intermittent snowfall was reported in Ziarat, Kalat, Mastung, Sanjavi, Muslim Bagh, Khanozai, Qila Saifullah, Qila Abdullah, and other regions.

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