Pakistani commuters cross a flooded street following heavy rain in Quetta. File
Heavy rains have rendered hundreds of people homeless in the coastal areas of Makran division in Pakistan's Balochistan province, reported The Dawn.
The heavy showers, which started in Balochistan on Monday night, have thrown life out of gear by damaging over 300 houses in the area, inundating highways and affecting power supply to Gwadar and its adjoining areas on Tuesday morning. Many parts of the province have also experienced snowfall.
Floods caused in the Basol river after Gwadar received 100 millimetres of rain in about 20 hours, washed away the Makran Coastal Highway which connects the area with Karachi.
Huge losses were reported in different parts of Turbat, Gwadar, Pasni, Jiwani and other areas by the rainwater, the Dawn reported citing the Commissioner of Makran division Shabbir Mengal.
Relief operations have been initiated by the personnel of the army, navy Frontier Corp, police and Levies Force in the rain-affected areas.
Residents of two settlements in Gwadar, Mula Band ward and Koh Bin ward, were forced to leave their houses and seek refuge elsewhere after rainwater entered their homes on Tuesday, reports Indo-Asian News Service.
According to the Dawn, the Gwadar airport runway is waterlogged too with rainwater and flash floods from nearby mountains, suspending flight operations.
Heavy rains have also flooded Swad and Shadi Kur dams. Although these dams still have capacity for more water, the floodwater that entered the pumping station had led to suspension of the water supply.
The latest floods-related fatalities were reported from the Swat region, a popular tourist destination where landslides overnight blocked a key mountain road, stranding scores of tourists who were being evacuated, said Taimur Khan.
The monsoon rains that wreaked havoc in the country resulted in the deaths of 304 people, including 118 children and damaged 8,889 houses, according to the NDMA.
The National Guard and the state police used helicopters and boats to rescue dozens of people from homes and vehicles.
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