Heavy rains wreak havoc, cut off Gwadar, Ormara from Karachi


Heavy rains wreaked havoc in Gwadar, Kech district and other parts of Balochistan, suspending normal life and traffic on the Coastal Highway and cutting off Gwadar and Ormara from Karachi and other parts of the province.

The Gwadar district administration has declared a state of emergency in rain-hit areas and para-military forces have been called in to help the district administration in rescue and relief operations of the affected people.

This was the heaviest rain spell in Gwadar district after 2010 when heavy rains hit the area triggered by a cyclone. Met officials said the coastal district received over 100mm rainfall in 12 hours. Though no casualty has been reported so far from any rain-hit areas of Gwadar, boundary walls and roofs of several mud houses collapsed in several areas.

Officials said rains which started late Monday night continued lashing the port city and other towns for 12 hours without break, causing urban flooding. Flash floods rendered hundreds of people homeless. Flood waters entered residential and commercial areas and roads of Gwadar town were presenting a pond-like situation.

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