Balochistan torrential rains inundate villages; four killed

* Crops, orchards on vast areas destroyed; several mud houses razed to ground

QUETTA: The torrential rains of the last couple of days in various parts of the Balochistan have so far claimed four lives and destroyed standing crops and orchards on a huge swathe of land. 
Apple and cherry orchards have been badly damaged by the heavy downpour in Musakhail, Barkhan, Duki and Ziarat districts, said Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director General Mohammad Hashim Khan Ghilzai. As per the date provided by the metrological department, the Barkhan District received 67mm rain, Quetta 30mm, and Turbat 20mm. He said that four people died in different rain-related incidents in Turbat, Bolan and Barkhan, while 12 were injured. 
“The district disaster management authorities and district administrations of the affected areas have initiated the process of assessment of losses caused by the rains,” he said, adding that relief and compensation operations would be launched soon. Relief items including tents, blankets and food bags have been dispatched to the affected areas, he added. “An effective plan has been devised for the upcoming monsoon season to cope with any disaster in the province,” he said. About the rehabilitation process in the quake-hit Awaran District, he said that a Rs 4,000 million project would be inaugurated in the current month in that regard.
Under the project to be completed under the supervision of NED experts, 16,000 houses would be built, and each affected family would be given Rs 230,000. He said that the PDMA is fully equipped to cope with any disaster. 

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