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Heavy rainfall over Balochistan province leads to multiple dead August 9

Category: Transportation

Severity: 4 (High)

Source: Drum Cussac

08/10/2020 (Pakistan) - Heavy rainfall across most areas of Balochistan province prompted flash floods in over 300 villages, killing at least eight people and injuring 17 as of Sunday, August 9. Over 300 villages are said to be flooded, with some districts reporting about 278 millimeters (10.9 inches) of rain. The Balochistan government has reportedly set up a control center in the chief minister's house to monitor the situation in the province.
Further disruption should be anticipated across Balochistan province in the coming days.
Context
The country's monsoon season from July through September regularly brings heavy rains, which at times can completely flood the Indus River Basin which runs roughly north to south through the country. Such flooding can prove catastrophic and can result in casualties numbering in the thousands. In general, the country has yet to adequately address the monsoon flooding issue, and national flooding disasters remain common. These events, in addition to high death tolls, can also wipe out major infrastructure and render the country's vital road network impassable. More mountainous areas can experience severe landslides, which have a similar consequence for road networks there.

Individuals in Balochistan are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.

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