14 killed by lightning in Balochistan, Punjab

Severe Weather Claims Lives in Balochistan and Punjab

Heavy rainfall in Balochistan and Punjab led to tragic incidents as at least 14 people lost their lives due to lightning strikes. The inclement weather, accompanied by thunderstorms and heavy downpours, caused devastation in various districts of both provinces.

In Balochistan, four individuals fell victim to lightning strikes in Surab, Dera Bugti, and Pishin districts. Among them were two youths, Farid Ahmed and Jabir Ahmed, who were struck while sitting in a garden in Surab. Additionally, one person each lost their life in Pishin and Dera Bugti due to lightning strikes.

Meanwhile, in Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district, the toll rose as two children perished in Basti Kalwar, while one person each succumbed to lightning in Thul Hassan, Basti Khokhran Feroza, Khan Bela, and Mari Allah. Tragically, another person lost their life in Khairpur Daha, and an eight-year-old child was struck in Chak-113 area of Bahawalpur district. A woman also fell victim to a similar incident in Lodhran.

The widespread rains, thunderstorms, and dusty winds not only affected Balochistan but also some parts of Punjab, including Quetta, which witnessed heavy rainfall, bringing relief from scorching temperatures.

However, the heavy downpour resulted in electricity breakdowns, plunging several areas into darkness in Quetta. Moreover, hailstorms in Washuk, Khuzdar, Surab, Kalat, Mastung, Nushki, Bolan, and Pashin added to the weather woes. Rainwater drains faced the risk of flooding as numerous districts experienced intermittent heavy rains, with more expected in the next 48 hours.

In response to the adverse weather conditions, the Balochistan government issued instructions to commissioners and deputy commissioners to take necessary measures. The district disaster management authorities were put on alert, and Chief Minister Sardar Sarfaraz Bugti ordered action to clear encroachments from natural drainage channels.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecasted more rain in several areas, including Kohlu, Zhob, Barkhan, Sibbi, Chaman, Qalat, and Gawadar, prompting preparations for potential flooding. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) reported flooding in the Hamidabad area of Pishin, resulting in the destruction of at least 15 houses. Evacuation efforts were underway, with PDMA teams dispatched along with heavy machinery to assist the affected communities.

In the past 24 hours, Zhob received 40mm rain, Quetta 22mm, Barkhan 9mm, and Panjgur 1mm, according to the PMD, highlighting the intensity of the recent weather phenomena.