Voice & Data Services Disrupted in Flood Affected Balochistan

The recent flash floods in Balochistan have caused multiple optic fiber breaks impacting voice and data services in Lasbela, Kech, Panjgoor, Gawadar, Awaran, Ziarat, Mastung and adjoining areas. About 343 cell sites of three cellular mobile operators (Telenor, Zong and Ufone) and PTCL have been affected due to floods.

Efforts are being made to resolve this unprecedented situation. PTA is working with the concerned operators for early restoration of affected communication channels.

Balochistan’s chief minister said the province administration is giving help to the rain-affected people, sending meals, tents and other assistance.

The PDMA is also shipping relief materials to the citizens of the most-affected districts such as Quetta and Panjgur. At least 1,100 food packs and 50 campers have been provided, along with 200 blankets. Last week, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in partnership with King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) despatched truckloads of emergency assistance convoy for 21,000 flood-affected residents in Balochistan.

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has instructed the NDMA to enhance humanitarian aid in the flood-hit districts of Balochistan. The prime minister also donated Rs1 million to the families of those killed in the rains and floods following a joint survey.