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Heavy rains, floods, claim lives and displace thousands in Balochistan
Publication Date : 06-08-2013
Flash-floods and torrential rains in Balochistan province, Pakistan, have claimed 17 lives while leaving more than 20,000 people displaced, a government official said.
Abdul Latif Kakar, director of Balochistan's Planning Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) told a press conference that flash-floods and torrential rains have killed six people in the Khuzdar district, four in Turbat, and another five in other districts of Balochistan, the largest district in Pakistan. He said that two people have gone missing in the floods in Lasbella.
Kakar said that nine districts in the province were badly affected by the floods which are caused by torrential rains.
"We have managed to restore the road into flooded Gandawah," he said.
The rain and floods have displanced thousands of people who were forced to flee their homes which have become submerged under water, and to take shelter in desert or mountainous areas.
"Relief goods have been provided through two army helicopters," Kakar said, adding that volunteers have also come in to provide first aid to the wounded.
He said that PDMA has dispatched 700 tents, 2,500 packets of food and other relief items to the flood affected areas.
The floods have also destroyed crops and orchards in the farming districts of Loralai, Naseerabad and Jaffarabad.