Floods produced by extremely strong monsoon rains in Pakistan’s southern region of Balochistan have killed at least 550 people in the previous month, according to a government agency.
Aid and relief camps have been set up in flood-hit areas by government agencies and the military, who are trying to relocate families and distribute food and medicine.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Friday that the flooding had damaged or destroyed 46,200 homes in addition to the lives lost.
On a visit to the affected areas, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated, “We’re trying our utmost to provide for extensive assistance and rehabilitation of flood victims.
The provincial government of Balochistan, on the other hand, claimed a lack of resources and turned to international agencies for help.
“Our losses are tremendous,” Abdul Qudoos Bezenjo, the province’s Chief Minister, stated. Every region affected by the storm had food shortages, and some were cut off from the rest of the province by more than 700 kilometres of washed-out highways.
Bezenjo stated that his province required “great support” from the federal government and foreign aid organisations.
An unprecedented 133 percent more rain fell this month than in the previous 30 years, the National Drought Monitor (NDMA) reported. The disaster service claimed that Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, received 305 percent more rain than the yearly average.