Intermittent rains continued to pummel most of Balochistan on Sunday as authorities scrambled to rescue the thousands left displaced by flooding in more than a dozen districts and rehabilitation as the death toll from monsoon rains and flash flooding across the country reached 320.
Mahendra Kumar, president of the Hare Krishna Nushki Welfare Society, decided to help the flood victims in these circumstances.
According to the report of Independent Urdu, Mahendra said that ‘on the night of July 28, it rained more than usual, then news started coming in that floods are coming, many areas have been submerged.
After watching the news in the evening, we visited these areas with our team the next day, but it was very difficult due to collapsed houses, water, and affected roads.
Continuing the conversation, he added: ‘Somehow we managed to get to the affected areas and we saw that the walls of houses had collapsed, there was water everywhere and people were sitting under trees or on mounds of mud. were.’
“The floods have seriously affected 70 per cent of the Nushki district. It is difficult to express the suffering of the people in words.
‘Mostly they are people who belong to the working class, who built their houses with great difficulty.
According to Mahendra: ‘Seeing the suffering of the people, we decided to do something. After consulting the volunteers, we decided to provide rations to those who spent their own pocket money on it.
“On July 30, we first went to the Badini area and gave people rations. I noticed that when the victims looked at the bag of flour, their faces lit up and calmed down.
‘When we gave someone rations, not only was he very happy, but he would hug us and kiss our hands.’
He said that Nushki, Mal, Kadirabad, Ahmedwal, Badini, Mengal and other areas were affected. The floods have swept away everything, the entire area has been destroyed.
Volunteer Mahendra Kumar said: ‘We saw that the first need of a human being is food, so we immediately worked to deliver the ration. For which flour, lentils, rice, tea, ghee, sugar and other things were collected.
The Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority has declared a state of emergency following flash floods and heavy rain in the Quetta and Pishin districts. According to initial assessments, at least 150,000 people require humanitarian assistance, 30,000 people have been seriously affected in Balochistan and 400 families have been displaced.
Pakistan has received 60% of the normal monsoon rainfall total in just three weeks since the start of the monsoon season. Heavy rains have caused flash and urban flooding, landslides and glacial lake outburst flooding (GLOF) across Pakistan, particularly affecting Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces.
As of July 25, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported that the floods have caused 312 deaths (including 121 children and 56 women) and about 300 people have been injured since July 1. More than 10,000 households have been affected, of which 60% are in Balochistan. More than 5,000 houses have suffered partial damage and another 3,200 houses have suffered total damage.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as of July 28, 357 people were killed in seven provinces, most of them in Balochistan (106 deaths), more than 400 were injured, and approximately 23,800 houses were damaged. Flood and flash flood warnings have been issued for urban areas in northern Pakistan, including the cities of Islamabad and Peshawar.
Prime Minister Sharif, while speaking to the media after visiting Quetta on Saturday, announced compensation packages for people killed or displaced during the heavy monsoon rains and flash floods that have been occurring in Pakistan for the past five weeks.
Since mid-June, monsoon rains have caused rivers to overflow and damaged roads and bridges, disrupting traffic across the country.
Sharif said some 13,000 houses have been totally destroyed or partially damaged in Balochistan, which recorded the highest death toll, followed by Sindh, including Pakistan’s largest city Karachi, where around 70 people have lost their lives in related incidents. with the rain in five weeks.
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