BALOCHISTAN FLOOD 2011

The 2011 Balochistan floods started from the last week of February and continued till the first week of March. The Pakistan Meteorological Department issued a weather advisory in which it warned that a Western Disturbance over Iran was likely to enter in Balochistan that would cause widespread rains with isolated heavy rainfalls over Balochistan for four days. The system entered Balochistan on 28 February and caused widespeard heavy rainfall in the province whereas moderate rainfall elsewhere in the country. The system moved and entered India on 5 March. Hundred people were rendered homeless when a large number of houses were washed away by flash floods caused by torrential rain in Quetta and other areas in northern and central Balochistan. Traffic between Ziarat and Loralai via Sanjavi was suspended after heavy snowfall in the valley as four feet of snow fell in the hilly areas of Ziarat and about six inches in the town in 24 hours. At least 70 houses were washed away by hill torrents in Nushki and over a dozen houses collapsed in Huda and Khrotabad areas of Quetta. Floodwaters entered a large number of houses. Parts of Chagai district were also affected. The Bour Nullah entering Nushki from Afghanistan inundated thousands of acres of land in Dak area. At least 25 mud-houses were washed away in Chagai tehsil. A bridge on the Quetta-Karachi National Highway was washed away near Mastung. On February 28 the provincial capital was lashed by strong hailstorms followed by heavy rainfall.[6] During the six day wet spell the highest rainfall in 24 hours was 45 millimetres (1.8 in) that was recorded on March 1, 2011.

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