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Heavy Rains Inundate Gwadar, Parts of Balochistan as Extreme Weather Persists

GWADAR – Parts of southwestern Balochistan, including Gwadar, were flooded after unusually heavy rainfall lashed the region for over 10 hours, as Pakistan continues to face extreme weather conditions.With no proper drainage infrastructure in place, streets and buildings were submerged as the downpour accumulated up to 125mm of rain in Gwadar over 24 hours. Many residents were forced to abandon partially collapsed homes and buildings amid power outages.

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Experts say such irregular extreme weather patterns are becoming more common in Pakistan due to climate change, marked by severe rainfalls and shifting monsoon trends. More rainfall has been forecast for Balochistan, KP, GB, Kashmir and parts of Punjab, Islamabad and Sindh over the coming days.There are concerns the situation could deteriorate further as strong weather systems are expected to dump heavy rain, thunderstorms and snowfall over western Pakistan starting Saturday until Sunday, impacting various parts of the country.Authorities are on high alert to manage any flooding, landslides or damage. But the country’s infrastructure remains ill-equipped to cope with the growing climate instability.

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