Aug 04, 2010

Balochistan: Rain and Floods affect 1.5 Million People

Heavy rain and floods have affected 1.5 million people in Balochistan and caused damage to roads, houses and crop. The province is in need of drinking water and food and waterborne diseases have started to spread.

Below is an article published by the News International:

The worst flash floods triggered by torrential rains have affected 1.5 million people in over 10 districts of Balochistan while the Met Office has forecast more rains in the province.

On Monday [August 2] night, heavy showers also lashed parts of Balochistan, disturbing life activities in already flood-hit areas. The heavy downpours have badly affected people living in districts including Katchi Bolan, Sibi, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Kohlu, Barkhan, Loralai, Ziarat, Killa Saifullah, Zhob and others.

Director General Health Balochistan Dr Amanullah Khan told media that flash floods had affected 1.5 million people in the province. He feared that outbreak of epidemics might take place in the flood-hit districts and a large number of people might suffer from waterborne and other deadly diseases.

He maintained that although the World Health Organisation (WHO) had provided 1160 medicine kits and relief camps, the victims were still needed drinking water and food. He emphasised the need to provide clean drinking water to the affected people as many persons had been suffering from waterborne diseases after consuming rainy and accumulated flood water.

Torrential rains and flash floods also created a great disaster in Naseerabad. According to Commissioner Naseerabad Division Shair Khan Bazai, flood inundated over 2498 villages, affecting thousands of dwellers. He noted flash floods swept away portions of 10 link roads.

The Rebee Canal passing through Naseerabad division developed breaches at 36 points, damaging standing crops on over 0.1 million acres of land.

The flash floods also damaged two railway bridges including a 150-year-old historical bridge and a portion of railway track in Harnai. Heavy rainfall also lashed Nana Sahb Ziarat, Dukki and Loni on Monday night, badly damaging houses and standing crops on hundreds of acres of land in areas including in Cheen, Eisazai, Talaodaman, Bakhtiar Khan, Babogan, Haji Karez, Didama.