Rains kill dozens of people in Pakistan, authorities declare state of emergency in southwest

(15 Apr 2024)
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Quetta – 15 April 2024
1. Various of floodwater running down damaged road, villagers rescuing car
2. Close of floodwater
3. Various of flooded road, people watching
4. SOUNDBITE (Urdu) Saleh Muhammad, villager:
“At the moment the situation in the village is such that there is no ration, no medicines and we can’t even go to the nearest hospital. The road is vanished away, we can only help ourselves on foot.”
5. Wide of flooded road, vehicles on higher ground
6. Various of excavator working on road
7. Various of villagers and rescue workers pushing stuck car
8. SOUNDBITE (Urdu) Majid Khan, Disaster Management Authority Baluchistan rescue team head:
“You know that the urban flood emergency has been declared, so we have deployed teams in the area of the satellite town, bypass north and west and in Deba area for dewatering work. In addition to this, heavy machinery is being deployed in Hanna Wrak in four different areas including Spin Karez. Also here with the help of V-loader and excavator we are clearing roads.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Pasni, Baluchistan – 15 April 2024
9. Various of flooded houses and residents, man removing floodwater with bucket
STORYLINE:
Lightning and heavy rains have killed at least 36 people, mostly farmers, across Pakistan in the past three days, officials said Monday, as authorities in the country’s southwest declared a state of emergency.

Most of the deaths occurred when lightning struck farmers harvesting wheat and rains caused houses to collapse in eastern Punjab province, said Arfan Kathia, a spokesman for the provincial disaster management authority. He said more rains were expected this week.

Rain also lashed the capital, Islamabad, and killed seven people in southwestern Baluchistan province over the weekend, and eight others died in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan.

Rainwaters flooded streets in the northwestern city of Peshawar and in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan, where authorities declared a state of emergency.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said in televised remarks that he had ordered authorities to provide relief aid in regions hit by rains. Pakistan’s water reservoirs would improve because of the rains, he said, while expressing concern over the deaths and damage.

Rafay Alam, a Pakistani environmental expert, said that such heavy April rainfall is unusual.

In 2022, downpours had swelled rivers and at one point inundated one-third of Pakistan, killing 1,739 people.

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