QUETTA, Pakistan: At least nine people, including women and children, were killed as heavy rains lashed southwestern Pakistan and triggered flash floods in several places, a provincial disaster management agency said on Tuesday.
Seven people died when the roofs of their homes collapsed in the downpour overnight in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, the agency said.
Two bodies swept away by floods were found near a dam Tuesday. There were fears the death toll could be higher as several people were still missing. Rescuers used boats to search for those missing.
Authorities say the latest spell of torrential rains, which started on Monday and continued on Tuesday, also damaged dozens of homes in Baluchistan.
Since June, rains have killed 38 people and damaged more than 200 homes across Pakistan, including in Baluchistan, where over the weekend, a passenger bus skidded off a road and fell into a deep ravine amid heavy rain, killing 19 people.
Floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains wreak havoc in Pakistan every year, killing dozens.
PM lauds rescue teams for saving children
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday lauded the rescue teams for saving four children stranded in Islamabad’s rainwater stream, Korang Nullah, due to flooding.
In a statement, he commended the services of district administration, police and Rescue 1122, and Pakistan Navy for setting an excellent example of responsibility.
The prime minister said this was an example to be emulated by other rescue teams in the rest of the country.
He advised the parents to be vigilant about the safety of their children during the rainy season. The prime minister also asked the people to extend help to their fellow countrymen with the spirit of national and humanitarian compassion during the heavy downpours and flood situations.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), meanwhile, has forecast rain-wind-thundershower for Sindh, Balochistan, Kashmir, Islamabad, upper Punjab and upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the next 24 hours.
Heavy rain is also likely at a few places in Swat.