A Pakistani army helicopter, with six people on board, went missing in Balochistan on Monday. According to local media, the helicopter, which was on floor relief operations, was en route from Quetta to Karachi.
A spokesman for the Pakistani Armed Forces tweeted that the search operation is ongoing. “A Pakistan Army Aviation helicopter which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan, lost contact with ATC. There were 6 people on board, including Commander 12 Corps, who were in flood relief in Balochistan. were supervising the related rescue operations. The search operation is on,” he said.
A Pakistan Army Aviation helicopter on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan lost contact with ATC. 6 people including Commander 12 Corps were on board the ship who were supervising flood relief operations in Balochistan. Search operation in progress. DTF
— DGISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 1, 2022
According to Geo NewsCorps Commander Quetta Major Sarfraz was present on board.
Floods caused by monsoon rains have wreaked havoc in Pakistan over the past week, killing hundreds of people. The latest death toll in rain-related incidents in Pakistan since June has risen by 140 to 478.
Balochistan province has been the worst affected by the floods and the army has been evacuating thousands of victims from the area since last week. The Pakistani government has deployed helicopters to assist in relief operations.
On Monday, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Balochistan and in a televised address promised financial assistance to those who lost their homes in the floods.
(with AP input)
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