6 killed after houses collapse in rain
* 5,000 people stranded in flood-hit areas
QUETTA: At least six people were killed and three were injured when their houses collapsed because of torrential rain on Thursday.
A man and his four children were killed while his wife and three other children were injured when their house in Ganji Dori village, about 25 kilometres south of Quetta, collapsed after dawn, a Balochistan government spokesman said, adding that a girl in the nearby Khat Kucha village died when the roof of her house collapsed on Thursday.
Eight others died and 23 were injured in different parts of the province on Wednesday, spokesman Raziq Bugti said. More than 25,000 people had to flee their homes in coastal towns, he said, adding that in Gwadar alone 6,500 people moved to safer places after the authorities released water from the overflowing Akra Kor Dam on Wednesday.
Heavy downpours damaged some 1,700 houses in the towns of Qila Abdullah, Killi Bostan, Chaman, Karaizat and other areas, he said, adding that he did not know the number of houses or villages that had collapsed or had been washed away in southern Balochistan. He also said affected families had been shifted to safer places. Officials said roads in Gwadar were submerged and the airport was also closed due to the flooding.
He said the provincial government had started relief work and the federal government was helping it out. However, he did not know how much aid the federal government had provided. Meanwhile, more than 500 houses in Dorr Faqir Colony, about 5 kilometres from Gwadar city, were inundated and nearly 5,000 people had been stranded in flood-hit areas across the province, waiting to be shifted to safer areas, Online reported.
Talking to a private television channel, Senator Aslam Buledi said Gwadar, Ketch, Makran and Panjgore were among the worst hit areas. He said floodwater had inundated more than half of the port city and villages on the outskirts of Gwadar. He said district and provincial governments seemed least bothered about shifting the citizens of Gwadar to safer places and relief operations had yet to start. He said the Coast Guards and navy personnel deployed in the flood-hit areas had done nothing for the victims. staff report