Rain wreaks havoc in Quetta, 4 killed

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

QUETTA—At least four peo­ple in­clud­ing two chil­dren were killed and over 20 in­jured in rain re­lated in­ci­dents due to heavy rains on Mon­day which played havoc in the metropolis. “The city re­ceives around 60 mil­lime­ter rain within one and half year time, break­ing record of last sev­eral years,” an of­fi­cial of the lo­cal Met Of­fice said.

The tor­ren­tial rain with hail­storm started lash­ing Quetta city and sub­urbs at around 2 p.m. and con­tin­ued for one and half hour. The en­tire city roads and streets were in­un­dated as flash flood com­ing from moun­tains sur­round­ing Quetta val­ley en­tered houses, mar­kets, shops, hospi­tals, gov­ern­ment and pri­vate build­ings.

The of­fi­cial sources said among four killed were two chil­dren iden­ti­fied as Ashraf and As­ghar and over 20 oth­ers in­jured in rain re­lated in­ci­dents in different lo­cal­i­ties of the metropolis. “An 11year-old child fell down in an open main hole of the sew­er­age sys­tem in Sariab road area and died,” they said, adding that two per­sons were swept away by flash flood in Kharotabad area.

The en­tire city was de­prived of elec­tric­ity af­ter sev­eral elec­tric trans­form­ers re­port­edly ex­ploded and elec­tric­ity py­lons fell down.The flash flood en­tered in wards of San­de­man Civil Hos­pi­tal and one of the bound­ary walls of the hos­pi­tal col­lapsed. All main city roads in­clud­ing Jin­nah Road, Prince Road, Li­aquat Bazaar, Qand­hari Bazaar, Brew­ery Road, Spiny Road and oth­ers re­ceived heavy rains and look like ponds and str­erams.

Thou­sands of ve­hi­cles were struck up in flash floods and hail storm shat­tered the win­dow­panes of the ve­hi­cles. Peo­ple were even forced to stay un­der shel­ters as trees and sign boards were fall­ing down in tor­ren­tial rain with hail­storm and wind­storm

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