Last update: August 06, 2022, 00:12 AM IST
At least 549 people were killed in Pakistan last month in floods triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains, a government agency said, far away in the poorest southwestern province of Baluchistan. The remote communities were the worst hit. Government agencies and the military have set up relief camps in flood-hit areas and are working to relocate families and deliver food and medicine.
Apart from the casualties, more than 46,200 houses have been damaged by the floods, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Friday.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on the occasion of his visit to the affected areas that we are doing our best to provide extensive relief and rehabilitation to the flood victims.
But the provincial government of Balochistan said it needed more funds and appealed for help from international agencies. The Chief Minister of the province, Abdul Qudous Bizenjo, said that our loss is huge.
Food was in short supply in every district hit by the floods, with more than 700 kilometers of roads washed away, some cut off from the rest of the province. Bizenjo said his province needs “huge support” from the government and international aid agencies.
The NDMA said the last three decades saw the heaviest rainfall with 133 percent more than the average of the last 30 years. Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, received 305 percent more rain than the annual average, the disaster agency said.
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