Sep 27, 2012

Sindh: Floodings Leave Tens Of Thousands Homeless

Despite widespread homelessness and lacking food supplies, aid is slow to arrive after floods devastated the Baloch and Sindh areas.

Below is an article published by the BBC:

Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless by heavy monsoon flooding in the Pakistani provinces of Balochistan and Sindh, officials say.

About 120,000 homes have been destroyed and tens of thousands of tents are now being distributed.

Officials in Balochistan say that about 80% of the population is now affected.

However, correspondents say the floods are not on the same scale as those two years ago which devastated large parts of the country.

In Balochistan, the government has set up medical posts to treat gastric problems, malaria and other illnesses among 500,000 people who have been made homeless.

A BBC reporter who has been travelling through the province and in Sindh says that many people are now living in the open without shelter on whatever patch of dry ground they can find.

Officials say that food, tents and medicine are in short supply.

Balochistan is Pakistan's largest province in size but ranks lowest in terms of infrastructure and services.

Our correspondent says that food supplies are so low in Balochistan that many people are surviving on one meal a day.

The army has been called in to help with the rescue operation even though it wants to pull out of a province used as a sanctuary by Taliban militants from fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan.


The army says that aid supply is the responsibility of the government, but correspondents say that so far it is nowhere to be seen.