Over 650 people have died due to rains and floods in Pakistan during the ongoing monsoon season since mid June , with 215 of them in southwestern Balochistan province alone, According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Hundreds of thousands of people have been directly affected by flooding caused by torrential downpours in all four provinces, the northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
During the last 72 hours alone, the floods and rains killed another 33 people across Pakistan , aside from inundating large swaths, washing away infrastructures, and triggering landslides, according to media reports.
Thousands of people have been marooned in southern Sindh, Balochistan, and northeastern Punjab provinces after the latest round of rains and flashfloods submerged hundreds of villages and large swaths of farmland and washed away houses, roads, bridges, and animals in the past 24 hours.
Most of the casualties were reported from Sindh, which had been battered by a 28-hour long rain spell, where at least 20 people died due to electrocution, roof and wall crashes, and drowning over the past 24 hours, TV channels reported on Saturday.
The remaining deaths were reported from Balochistan, Punjab and Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, where dozens of towns were cut off from the rest of the country due to washing away of roads and bridges, and landslides.
Several northern districts of Sindh, including Hyderabad, Larkana, Khairpur, Shikarpur, MirpurKhas Nawabshah, and Sukkur were badly hit by rains, cloudbursts, and flooding.
Divers recovered the bodies of five of a seven-member family washed away by raging waters in Karachi’s eastern district three days ago.
Gusty winds dismantled hundreds of tents and uprooted trees, and utility poles in several parts of Balochistan.
In Punjab’s southern districts of Dera Ghazi Khan and Muzzafergadh, tens of thousands of people have either taken refuge in higher places along the main highways or lying in the open sky, the local media reported.
Dere Ghazi Khan’s Taunsa town has been the hardest hit, with thousands of people fleeing to safer areas and thousands more stranded due to heavy rains and flooding.
The main highway connecting Quetta, Balochistan’s capital, and Karachi was inundated at several points, halting traffic between the two cities.
The Meteorological Department of Pakistan has forecast another rain spell to hit the country’s northwestern and northeastern parts, including the capital Islamabad, beginning on Aug. 23.