A Pakistan Army aviation helicopter – which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan – went missing after it lost contact with air traffic control (ATC), the military said in a statement on Monday.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said as many as six individuals were on board including Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, who was supervising flood relief operations in Balochistan.
“Search operation is underway,” it added.
A Pakistan army aviation helicopter which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan lost contact with ATC. 6 individuals were on board including Commander 12 Corps who was supervising flood relief operations in Balochistan. Search operation is underway.DTF
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 1, 2022
The armed forces teams’ rescue and relief operations were underway across the country including in the flood-hit areas of Balochistan as the province’s death toll from devastating floods rose to 149 including 46 children on Monday.
According to a report released by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, a total of 13,535 houses have collapsed or are partially damaged due to the ongoing heavy rains and floods.
The rains and flood have also severely affected six highways covering 640 kilometres.
Moreover, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed concerns over the disappearance of the military helicopter.
“The entire nation is praying to Allah Almighty for the safety, security and return of these sons of the country who were out to help the flood victims,” the premier wrote on his official Twitter handle.
بلوچستان سے آرمی ایوی ایشن کے ہیلی کاپٹر کی گمشدگی تشویشناک ہے۔ پوری قوم اللہ تعالیٰ کے حضور سیلاب متاثرین کی مدد پر نکلنے والے وطن کے ان بیٹوں کی سلامتی، حفاظت اور بخیریت واپسی کے لئے دعا گو ہے۔ ان شاءاللہ
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) August 1, 2022
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