Rail services suspended for 10 days in Balochistan amid devastating floods

August 30, 2022 9:37 a.m. STI

Quetta [Pakistan]Aug 30 (ANI): Amid heavy rains and devastating floods in Pakistan, rail services have been suspended for 10 days in Balochistan, however, rail authorities remain unsure of restoration even after 15 days.
Rail service from Balochistan to other parts of the country has been suspended for ten days now. Rail authorities said it was not possible to restore rail service to the province within the next 15 days, Geo News reported.
This is since the Naseerabad railway was washed away and the Harak railway bridge was broken. Moreover, the railway operation from Balochistan to Iran has been in a stalemate for a month now.
According to the railway authorities, the repair of the Quetta-Taftan section of the railway could not be completed despite the passage of a month. The track was washed away in Chagai on July 29, causing rail service to Iran to be suspended.
Similarly, rail service from Balochistan to other parts of the country was also halted ten days ago after the Sibi-Jacobabad section of the track was damaged in Naseerabad. After the Harak railway bridge collapsed five days ago, railway operations came to a complete halt, Geo News reported.
The railway official said that it would take at least 3 months to complete the repair of this bridge. While Naseerabad runway repair works could take another 15 days, he added.
Meanwhile, two more people have been killed in rain and flood-related crashes in the past 24 hours in Balochistan, bringing the total death toll in the province to 250.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) confirmed in its report that two people have lost their lives, saying the death toll since June 1 in the province has climbed to 250. Those who have died include 117 men, 60 women and 73 children. The highest number of deaths was 27 in Quetta, 21 in Lasbela and 17 in Pishin.
In addition, 110 people were injured in various accidents during the rains in the province.
According to the PDMA report, heavy downpours and flash floods damaged a total of 61,718 houses in Balochistan. The floods washed away 145,936 head of cattle. Meanwhile, standing crops on two lakh acres of land have been ruined.
The country’s finance minister, Miftah Ismail, said the flash floods had inflicted a loss of at least $10 billion on different sectors of its economy.
As unprecedented rains have caused devastating floods across the country, Pakistan is set to launch the UN’s ‘flash appeal’ for flood victims.
More than 5.7 million people have been affected in Pakistan as the country faces the worst rain-triggered flooding in its history.
Sixty-six districts have been officially declared “disaster” by the Pakistani government – 31 in Balochistan, 23 in Sindh, nine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and three in Punjab. The situation remains dynamic and many other districts have been affected; the number of districts declared disasters is expected to increase as the rains continue to fall. (ANI)

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