Islamabad, August 26 (SO News/Agency) Pakistan is witnessing massive destruction due to continuous heavy rains, floods and cloudbursts. 937 people have died in the country since June. More than 70 percent of the country is badly affected and Balochistan is cut off from the rest of the country due to severe waterlogging. Looking at the situation in the country, the government has declared a flood emergency in Pakistan.
According to the data of Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, 937 people, including 343 children, have died due to rains and floods in the country since June. The conditions are so bad that about 3 crore people have to leave their homes and live under the open sky. Sindh and Balochistan regions are worst affected. After that 234 deaths have occurred in Balochistan region. 185 people have died in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 165 in Punjab.
Balochistan is completely disconnected from the rest of the country. Roads and railway tracks have been badly affected and internet services and telecommunication services have been disrupted in many areas due to damage caused by the ongoing heavy rains and flash floods. According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), services have been affected in Quetta, Ziarat, Khuzdar, Lorelai, Pushan, Chaman, Panjgarh, Jhob, Qila, Saifullah and Qila Abdullah due to the optical fiber cable being affected.
“Efforts are on to find a solution to the difficult situation,” PTA said. PTA is monitoring the situation and further updates will be given.” Balochistan has been cut off by road, air and rail, making it impossible for relief supplies to reach the flood-affected areas. .
The disconnection of telecommunication and internet services has added to the seriousness of the situation as this is the third time in less than a week that cellular and internet services have been disrupted. Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) said that telecommunication services have been disrupted in Ghotki, Khairpur and Sikor districts due to multiple cuts. Another reason for cable cutting is the use of heavy machinery for relief and rescue work being carried out in Sikor and its surrounding districts.