Restoration work begins at Karachi to Quetta Highway

Karachi to Quetta National Highway, otherwise known as the RCD highway, continued to remain closed on Monday for the third consecutive day after suffering substantial damage due to the torrential monsoon rainfall.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Lasbela, Mr. Murad Kasi told Dawn.com that another alternative road near Landa area of Uthal on the National Highway was swept away by floods on Friday, leaving long lines of stranded vehicles, including those carrying commercial goods.

The DC further said that water level in the Landa river had descended, therefore, restoration work on the road would commence from today (Monday). Murad Kasi promptly added that once the repair work was finished, the road would return to being operational and open to traffic again.

The bureaucrat said that the National Highway Authority (NHA) had been directed to finish the restoration work expeditiously and was hopeful that the reparation would be finished soon.

Murad Kasi also said that flood-relief operations, which were previously suspended for two days in Lasbela, would also begin from today.

In another development, a recent report from the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said that the death toll in Balochistan since June 1 has reached 196, with 81 others injured. The report also asserts that 19,762 houses across the province were either partially or completely destroyed due to flash floods.

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