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Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides and Flooding in Balochistan, Disrupting Major Highways

Heavy rains in the Koh-e-Sulaiman range of eastern Balochistan have caused significant disruptions, with landslides blocking major highways and stranding numerous vehicles. The continuous five-day rainfall has led to the death of six individuals and left 25 others injured.

The landslides near the Dana Sar range have severely impacted the Quetta-Chaman-Zhob-Mughalkot section, blocking the Quetta-Dera Ismail Khan highway and the N70 highway, which connects Balochistan to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has advised vehicles from Peshawar, Swat, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi to halt at Dera Ismail Khan, with transport towards Zhob and Qila Saifullah also being suspended.

Rescue and relief teams have been dispatched to assist stranded passengers, and efforts to clear the debris are underway. The heavy rains have not only caused landslides but also led to flooding in Awaran district, cutting off the district from Jhao. The Awaran-Turbat road has also been closed due to flooding in the Wahli River.

In a related incident, at least 25 people were killed in Afghanistan due to a landslide caused by snowfall, and a separate landslide in Skardu resulted in the deaths of four family members when their vehicle was destroyed.

Meanwhile, Lahore has experienced a drop in temperatures following rainfall, providing relief to residents amid strong winds. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted more rain for today. In Kot Lakhpat, six children were injured due to an electric shock, and in Badin, one person was killed and three others injured by lightning.

Despite the current rainfall, the PMD has forecast hot weather for most parts of the country. However, there is a possibility of rain with thunderstorms in parts of upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northeastern Punjab, upper Sindh, and Kashmir.

The situation remains critical as authorities work to mitigate the impact of the heavy rains and ensure the safety of residents and travelers in the affected regions.

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