Floods kill 550 in Pakistan during heaviest rains in decades

The floods caused by monsoon rains that hit Pakistan last month, killed at least 549 people, a government agency reported Friday. They detailed that remote communities in the impoverished southwestern province of Balochistan are among the most affected.

Government agencies and the military established aid and relief camps in the affected regions by the floods and were working to help relocate families and provide food and medicine.

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The floods damaged more than 46 thousand 200 housesdetailed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

“We are doing everything we can to provide extensive relief and rehabilitation to the victims of the floods,” said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif during the visit to the affected areas.

But the Balochistan provincial government said it needed more funds and asked international organizations for help.

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“Our losses are massive”said the provincial prime minister, Abdul Qudoos Bezenjo. There were food shortages in all the districts affected by the floods, and some were also cut off from the rest of the province as more than 700 kilometers of roads were washed away.

Bezenjo said his province needed “great help” from the government and international aid agencies.

Last month was the wettest in three decades, with 133% more rain than the 30-year average, the NDMA said. Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, received 305% more rain than the annual average, the disaster agency said.

With information from Reuters


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