Pakistan reports 550 deaths after heaviest rains in three decades

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Flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 549 people in Pakistan last month, with remote communities in impoverished Balochistan province among the hardest hit, the country’s government said.

Government agencies and the army have set up relief camps in flood-hit regions and are working to help relocate families and provide food and medicine.

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In addition to the deaths, the floods have damaged more than 46,000 homes, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Friday.

“We are doing our best to provide extensive relief and rehabilitation to flood victims,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said during a visit to the affected areas.

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But Balochistan’s provincial government said it needed more funds and appealed to international organizations for assistance.

“Our losses are enormous,” said the provincial chief minister, Abdul Qudoos Bezenjo. There were food shortages in all districts hit by the floods, with some also disconnected from the rest of the province due to the destruction of more than 700 kilometers of roads.

Bezenjo said his province needs “enormous assistance” 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.

Source: CNN Brasil

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