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Gwadar declared calamity-hit as more rains pound city

The previous rains on Februray 27 had put large parts of the city under water

Another round of torrential rains began in Gwadar on Thursday raising the possibility of more destruction in the city already reeling from the damage from recent rains. Authorities have now decalred the city as ‘calamity-hit’.

Caretaker Information Minister Jan Achakzai confirmed that the chief minister had signed a summary declaring that calaimity had hit Gwadar.

He also added that the CM was personally monitoring the relief efforts in Gwadar.

Many areas of Gwadar had been completely submerged and road linkages severed after rains on February 27.

According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, over 50 houses have been completely destoryed while over 90 have been partially destroyed.

PDMA said that two 15 buildings and two roads have also been destroyed.

The older part of the city continue to be submerged by water, while areas such as New Town, Shambey Ismail Ward and Faqeerabad have also sustained heavy dameg.

Gawadar’s Municipal Committee Chairman Sharif Miandad said on Sunday that gwadar was left to its own devices and no department was willing to cooperate or help. He also accused authorities of focusing on photo-ops instead of actual work.

Miandad also demanded that emergency be imposed in the city and asked for the city to be labelled as calamity-hit.

He added that the city would not be able to cope with the situation on its own as the Municipal Committee does not possess any heavy machinery.

Miandad added that the city’s defence was limited to six water bowsers and 14 small pumps, which are woefully inadequate to deal with the volumes of water covering the city.

He added that the situation could turn ‘horrific’ if the water is not immediately drained from the city.

This story is being updated.

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