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Thursday, February 15, 2024

The reason behind Balochistan floods

The Contractor Association Balochistan's information and finance secretary, Parvez Khan Mandokhel, spoke up about the damage that the rains had wrought in Balochistan.

In Ziarat, Balochistan, three dams, including the Kech, Pechee, and Kawas dams, ruptured as a result of torrential rainfall. Additionally, the road connecting Ziarat with Quetta and other places washed away.

In Balochistan’s Pishin, Mastung, and Bolan districts, three dams were damaged as a result of overflowing after being filled to capacity by unheard-of rains.

The Contractor Association Balochistan’s information and finance secretary, Parvez Khan Mandokhel, spoke up about the damage that the rains had wrought in Balochistan.

In his recent video which is currently circulating on social media, Mandokhel says that to begin with, the construction of a dam is a miracle in itself considering the fact that 50% of the funds collected to build dams are spent on “commission and acceptance”.

He further asserts that the departments tasked with approving the construction receive 10% of the overall funds, while the involved ministries, who are expected to collect cash, receive 14% of them. In addition, he claims that 12% of the total is taken out for “commission,” 7% is taken out for “income tax,” and 6% goes to the BRA.

As a result, only roughly 51% of the initial funding are actually still available to build a dam in Balochistan. Mandokhel claims that this lowers the construction process’ quality.

All technocrats, bureaucrats, engineers, and other relevant parties who are aware of these characteristics but do nothing to change them bear responsibility, according to Mandokhel.

He was providing the information in the context of recent floods across Pakistan, most of which occurred when dams were damaged as they reached their maximum capacity due to rains.

Floods continue to wreak havoc

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the total number of fatalities since June is 1,033. In particular, it warned of “extremely high” level flooding in Nowshera in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and Kalabagh and Chashma in Punjab province along the Kabul and Indus Rivers.

As severe rains continue to lash sections of the country, many areas remain underwater, especially the southern provinces of Balochistan, KP, and Sindh. There have been at least 347 fatalities in Sindh, 238 in Balochistan, and 226 in KP.

The Indian subcontinent’s yearly monsoon is necessary for irrigating crops and replenishing lakes and dams, but it also brings a wave of devastation each year. Some places experienced 600% more precipitation this year than usual. More than 809,000 hectares (two million acres) of arable land have been devastated, along with 3,451 kilometres (2,150 miles) of roads and 149 bridges, according to the NDMA.